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September 20, 2020
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Victor Ponta presents his new cabinet structure

*The new Executive will be political, set up of party members instead of technocrats, with a single deputy prime minister*

 

Major changes take place at Victoria Palace: “Ponta 3” Government  leaves, “Ponta 4” Government comes.Several members of the Ponta Government have been replaced and the new cabinet will be political, set to be made up of party members instead of technocrats. Likewise, Ponta’s new team will no longer include delegated ministers and will have a single deputy premier, not four like before. The new formula was adopted Sunday evening within PSD’s National Executive Council (CExN) meeting, with unanimous votes. The Ponta IV Government no longer includes UDMR ministers, after that party left the government, but members of the party led by Calin Popescu Tariceanu were co-opted instead. Consequently, the new government will consist of PSD, UNPR and PC, plus members from Tariceanu’s party. The latter, the Reformist Liberal Party (PLR), is not legally recognized under that name yet but as the National Environment Party instead. Instead of technocrats, for his new government Ponta chose to merge several ministries and to appoint new ministers.

The structure of the Ponta Government # 4 is  as follows:

Gabriel Oprea-Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior;

Liviu Dragnea will not be Deputy Prime Minister any more, but takes over the portfolio of Regional Development and Public Administration;

Darius Valcov will take over the Finance Ministry, which will be merged with the Budget Ministry;

Gratiela Gavrilescu (PLR) is the proposal for the Environment Ministry;

PLR’s Andrei Gerea will be Energy Minister, that ministry being merged with the SMEs Ministry;

The Economy Ministry will be taken over by PSD, which proposed MP Mihai Tudose;

The Education Ministry was ceded to PC, which proposed Sorin Campeanu;

MP Sorin Grindeanu (PSD) was proposed as Communications Minister;

The Culture Ministry will be controlled by PSD, which proposed MP Ionut Vulpescu;

The Diaspora Ministry will remain in the future government too, and will be led by Senator Adrian Anghel

The Social Dialogue Ministry will be kept too, Senator Liviu Pop being proposed as its head;

The other ministers remain unchanged. Bogdan Aurescu – Minister of Foreign Affairs;  Mircea Dusa –Minister of Defence; Nicolae Banicioiu-Health Minister, Robert Cazanciuc-Minister of Justice,; Eugen Nicolicea-Minister for Liason with Parliament; Ioan Rus-Minister of Transports; Rovana Plumb-Minister of Labour; Eugen Teodorovici-Minister for European Funds; Gabriela Szabo-Minister of Sports.

The new proposed ministers  will be heard in Parliament on Monday and the vote is expected to take place in the evening.

 

 

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