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May 20, 2022

First day of presidential mandate for Klaus Iohannis, first institutional meeting with PM Victor Ponta

The first institutional meeting between President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Victor Ponta is set to happen on Monday, 12 pm EET, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
President Klaus Iohannis, who  on Sunday took over the presidential mandate from Traian Basescu within ceremonies held in Parliament and then at the Cotroceni Palace,  announced in the same evening in a post on his social networking Facebook page that he invited Prime Minister Ponta to meet on Monday, 12 pm, to discuss, among other things, “the prospects of the institutional cooperation between the Presidency and the Government.”
“I have invited Prime Minister Victor Ponta to come tomorrow, December 22, to the Cotroceni Palace, to discuss the priorities of the Government, the political-economic topics of a current interest and the prospects of the institutional cooperation between the Presidency and the Government. The meeting will take place at 12 pm,” Iohannis specified.
The Prime Minister has immediately  confirmed the invitation and said that he will go.
“Tomorrow [Monday – editor’s note] I will go to the Cotroceni Palace for the first institutional meeting with President Iohannis. After 10 years we can finally show to all Romanians how important it is that the President and the Prime Minister know how to cooperate for the sake of the public good. All the citizens who appointed us in our offices will have only to gain,” the head of the Government said also on his Facebook page.

Ponta is glad that a period of disputes, scandal and dissolution has concluded
Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Sunday also said he was glad that a period of disputes, scandal, dissolution and pointless suffering concluded and voiced his hope that in the future ‘we can be much better.’ ‘I was happy on December 22, 1989, because a dark period for us all ended, I am glad that on December 21, 2014, a new period of disputes, scandal, dissolution, hatred and pointless suffering concludes. Today, same as 25 years ago, I have the hope that we can be much better in the future,’ the Prime Minister posted on his Facebook account.  On the other hand, Ponta appreciated that the week that concluded was a very good one, in which the Government received ‘a massive vote of confidence, the budget was passed and Romania got a legit President.’ ‘There has been a long, but very good week for all of us. First, we received a massive vote of confidence in Parliament for an agenda of ambitious governmental actions in 2015-2016, second, the budget for 2015 was approved (without additional fees and taxes, with all the social measures promised and adopted, with the lowest budget deficit and the highest funds for investments in our history), third, we have again, after more than two years, a legit president (even if I was his opponent and I didn’t vote for him, Mr Iohannis is a legit president and this is essential),’ the Prime Minister argued.


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