The first institutional meeting between President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Victor Ponta took place yesterday at Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
The meeting was announced on Facebook
Iohannis on Sunday announced 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 confirmed the invitation on Facebook. ‘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 on his Facebook page.
The one to one meeting lasted over an hour
The two talked in private for over an hour, with no advisers or ministers present, about the economic and social plans for the development of Romania. After the meeting, Prime Minister Victor Ponta wrote on Facebook that the meeting had been useful. ‘The first institutional consultation with President Iohannis – extremely useful, decent and effective. Things are back on normal track’, Ponta’s posting states.
The meeting follows an announcement made by Iohannis yesterday that he would also invite the political parties over for consultations. In addition, the president said the time for show was over, and, from that point on, all stakeholders must talk in order to come to a consensus to begin reforming Romania. The new president also said he would talk to political leaders about the reconstruction of political institutions, as well as education, healthcare and pensions system.
Udrea asks why Iohannis has not requested Ponta’s resignation
After the meeting between Victor Ponta and Klaus Johannis, Elena Udrea had a first reaction on his Facebook page. “On December 5, Victor Ponta said that he will resign if asked for it by Klaus Iohannis. After the tête-à-tête meeting of today, we deduce that the President has not requested the Prime Minister’s resignation. The natural question is: what about the expectations of millions of people who voted against Victor Ponta at November 16 elections? Why Iohannis did not ask his resignation? “, was the message conveyed by Elena Udrea.