Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos will be holding talks today with National Liberal Party (PNL) co-chairs Alina Gorghiu and Vasile Blaga. The meeting takes place at the PNL headquarters.
According to the PNL MP group leader in the Chamber of Deputies Eugen Nicolaescu, PNL wants the government programme of the future Cabinet to also include the principles promoted by the party.
“It is natural that a PM-designate talk with the leaders of the main parliamentary parties, and I believe that the PNL is the main party of Romania. The prime minister will probably announce his intentions for 2016, certain intentions regarding the persons to make up his Cabinet,” Nicolaescu said at Parliament Palace.
He pointed out that PNL will not make proposals for the Ciolos Cabinet.
President Klaus Iohannis announced Tuesday night that the candidate he proposed for the office of prime-minister is Dacian Ciolos.
Klaus Iohannis: ‘Without new people it is hard to assume we will have a new political class’
‘In my opinion, at this stage, o resolve the problems of the government, we need an independent or technocrat prime-minister, a clean person, I mean someone who ahs not been involved in any scandals, someone with integrity, who ahs proved in practice he s able to manage complicated systems and situations. We need to promote performing ministers who have proved their performance’, said the president at the beginning of the conference where he announced the name of the in-coming prime-minister.
‘We need parties without corrupt people, that should not promote to public office persons who are suspected of corruption or who have ever been involved in acts of corruption’, Iohannis further said.
‘We need correct elections in 2016, in the spring and autumn of 2016. We still badly need to make the rule of law stronger. To political parties, it means that, when prosecutors ask for approvals in Parliament, they should also get them’, the head of state also said. He added that the political competition should open and new people should gain access.
‘I have said this at many meetings and have encouraged young people to join politics. Without new people, it is hard to assume that we will have a new political class. The \old ones who are good should stay, but new people should also enter the system’, the president further said.
He said that, during the two rounds of talks, the proposal had been supported by a wide majority and that it was an interesting situation for him to see that the parties immediately understood what was at stake and that ‘we need to find a solution together’.
‘This solution I see in a technocrat government. I am convinced it is the correct way for next year’, Iohannis also said.
Dacian Ciolos: ‘I intend to open the government to the society’
Dacian Ciolos in turn thanked the president for his confidence and said he wanted to assure everyone he would do everything in his power to live through ‘this key-period for the Romanian society’.
Ciolos also said he was aware of the expectations that the new government should listen to the society to identify the solutions that need to be applied and have the wisdom to make decisions that allow progress.
‘I intend to open the government to the society’, he said in his speech.
Ciolos said he was looking at a both a long and short period, because ‘we won’t be able to limit ourselves to certain administrative decisions’ and that the time would probably be short to start larger scale projects.
Dacian Ciolos also said he planned to work together with the political groups in Parliament to make progress and that he would focus on setting up a team of technocrats.
‘As soon as the team has been formed, we will be able to discuss the programme in detail’, he added.
Kelemen Hunor: ‘UDMR is supporting technocrat gov’t’
The president organised on Tuesday a second round of talks with the representatives of political parties on the subject of designating a new prime-minister. After receiving the PSD and PNL delegations on Monday, on Tuesday the president saw UDMR, UNPR, ALDE and the group of national minorities.
The Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) is backing up a technocrat government headed by a prime minister like Dacian Ciolos or Bogdan Olteanu, UDMR national leader Kelemen Hunor said Tuesday after consultations with President Klaus Iohannis, adding that he made no nomination, as nomination is the power of the President.
“A technocrat government is shaping up (…) to be headed by a technocrat prime minister who will be allowed to make up his Cabinet, with integrity prerequisites being a priority to be followed when the prime minister and the ministers are appointed. This is an important step, because we have to have a government as soon as possible. (…) We will take up political responsibility for backing a technocrat government after we see what the programme of the new government includes. (…) Last week I said something I believe is still true, I mentioned Dacian Ciolos or Bogdan Olteanu, which I guess answered all the possible questions. I do not make a nomination because nominating is the power of the President. The profile we suggest is an important profile,” Kelemen said after consultations at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He added that a government enjoying political support is needed. He also mentioned that UDMR would have liked snap elections, by they cannot be held.
“A government without parliamentary backing will be unable to impose public policies, at least for some areas, it will only be able to manage the country’s affairs. Such government is not desired; one year is a long time and that is why we will be waiting for the nomination of the prime minister, after which we will have a discussion to see what he will take up, what political objectives and programmes he advocates for one year,” said Kelemen.
In his opinion, a technocrat government is an acceptable and good solution, but such government will need political backing.
“The first detail we are waiting for is the name of the person to be nominated to form the new government. Today, tomorrow, or when the President makes the announcement we will have another discussion with the prime minister-designate,” said Kelemen.
He added that the signing of an agreement over the designation of a prime minister was not discussed and neither was the version of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) with Liviu Voinea as prime minister.
Gabriel Oprea: We’ll back the President’s proposal for Premier
The National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) will back President Klaus Iohannis’ proposal for head of the future government, namely for a “competent Prime Minister and a technocrat government,” the formation’s Chairman Gabriel Oprea said on Tuesday.
“UNPR is a serious party, a party that has always kept its word in the sense that we have never helped remove a government we were part of (…) and we supported the President of Romania when national security was at stake, as today is the case too. We were informed by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) that their proposal for Prime Minister is Mr. Liviu Voinea, a very serious and seasoned professional; he can be a serious option for PM. On the other hand, UNPR considers that in the current complicated, regional, European, national security context, the President must appoint a competent Prime Minister. We will support the proposal Mr. President will make for Premier, that is a competent professional, a government of competent technocrats,” Oprea said after the consultations with the head of state at the Cotroceni presidential Palace.
He added that he spoke with PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea about UNPR’s stance and the governing coalition further exists.
“We are further in a parliamentary coalition. The partners from PSD informed us about Mr.Voinea, whom we appreciate very much. This is also what I told Liviu Dragnea, that we will throw our support behind the President’s proposal,” Oprea said according to Agerpres.
Calin Popescu Tariceanu: ALDE opposes technocrat Government
Co-chair of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said President Klaus Iohannis will make public today the name of the prime minister-designate, insisting that ALDE will back up a political government.
“We discussed the drawing of a calendar as Mr President informed us that he will make public the name of the prime minister-designate today,” said Tariceanu after consultations at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He added that ALDE is backing up the creation of a political government.
“The politically correct solution is the formation of a political government, with a political prime minister and ministers together making up a team that seeks parliamentary support. (…)
The solution of a technocrat government with a technocrat prime minister should be avoided. We are living in a representative democracy where citizens invest trust in political parties, persons, programmes based on which the politicians take up responsibilities they should not get rid of. Given that we are talking about a technocrat government, that means the political leaders are fleeing the responsibilities they have taken up while passing on the obligations to a government,” said Tariceanu.
He added that ALDE will take a stand depending on the formula to be embraced by the President.
He also indicated that ALDE leaders are closer to the stance of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) as far as the designation of a technocrat prime minister and the creation of a political government go.
In Tariceanu’s opinion, PSD’s proposal for Liviu Voinea to be the prime minister is a reasonable one.
The other co-chair of ALDE Daniel Constantin said the President presented a set of general principles, which Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said regarded changes the political class has to accept.
Varujan Pambuccian: “That was an approach to our liking”
Floor leader of the MP group of national minorities Varujan Pambuccian said Tuesday that President Klaus Iohannis presented an eight-point plan on which they agreed, saying that they will support the future prime minister provided that he has the profile that is in line with what they discussed with the President.
“If the prime minister has a profile (…) in line with the things we have discussed today, yes [we will support him],” Pambuccian said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in response to whether or not they will vote for any prime ministerial proposal coming from the President.
He added that President Iohannis introduced to them an eight-point plan on which they agreed.
“The President introduced to us an eight-point plan, I would not say for the near future because there are many matters there that have to do with the long term and that will probably transform the Romanian society in the future, a plan on which we agreed. We did not discuss names. We believe right now it is the President’s power to nominate a prime minister. We discussed much how the government should look like and what principles we should follow to move things forward. That was an approach to our liking, a highly rational and balanced approach at one of the very few times when there was more talk about principles than names, which is important,” said Pambuccian.
Special adviser to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
Ex-European Commissioner Dacian Ciolos is perhaps the proposal for Romanian PM with the widest support among the EU officials. He is an agriculture engineer. He graduated the Horticulture Faculty of the Cluj University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinarian Medicine (1989 – 1994) and obtained a degree as horticulture engineer. Then he completed his agronomy studies in the specialisation ‘Production systems and rural development’ at École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique (ENSAR) in Rennes, France, on a French Government scholarship (1995-1996) and a scientific master’s degree (DEA) in ‘Economy of agricultural, agri-food and rural development with École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique (ENSAM) and Université Montpellier I (1996-1997).
Dacian Ciolos was never a political party member and has been to few political offices. He became Agriculture Commissioner in 2009. He completed his term in 2014, when the new European Commission took over.
Dacian Ciolos had been Minister of Agriculture from October 2007 to December 2008 (Tariceanu Government), but kept his reputation as a technocrat.
Previously, from 2002 to 2003, he had worked for the Delegation of the European Commission in Romania, preparing the implementation of SAPARD in Romania.
On 1 July 2015, Dacian Ciolos was appointed as special adviser to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.