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October 21, 2020

PM Ciolos announces replacement of four ministers

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos discharged on Tuesday four ministers: Dan Costescu (Transports), Marius Bostan (Communications), Adrian Curaj (Education) and Dan Stoenescu (Minister-Delegate for Relations with Romanians Abroad.

“After a preparation period, the Government enters a new stage, of results delivery (…) I have decided today to operate some changes in the Government. (…) I want to thank ministers Adrian Curaj, Dan Costescu, Marius Bostan and Dan Stoenescu”, the premier said in a media briefing at the Victoria Palace.

Ciolos announced he will nominate on Wednesday Marius Dumitru as Minister of Education, Sorin Buse as Minister of Transport, Maria Ligor as Minister-Delegate for Relations with Romanians Abroad (head of the relevant department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and the head of his Chancellery, Dragos Tudorache, as interim Minister of Communications and for Information Society.

The prime minister explained his decision as a way to “breath new life” into his team.

“The ministers I am replacing also mostly did their job. In all the four ministries (…) there are things that advanced well; it’s just (…) I want a new impetus, a new impulse. The priority of the new ministers in the four fields will be (…) to accelerate the delivery of results in projects already started, which from my point of view did not advance quick enough. Do on one hand, the acceleration of these projects, and on the other hand, I want new people to come with new breath, with a slightly different approach, which should allow using our remaining time for some things to which the Government has committed,” he said.

For the Ministry of Transport, the focus is on the execution of the motorway projects and the reform of the National Company of Motorways and National Roads, Ciolos mentioned.

He expects the new minister-delegate at the Department for Relations with the Romanians Abroad to speed the preparations for the parliamentary elections due this fall by informing the diaspora about the possibility of voting by mail; also, to facilitate the reconnection of Romanians abroad to their homeland and to offer them opportunities to return or work with Romania in business.

The Education needs more substance in the pre-university schools and a faster decision on plagiarism.

As regards the Communications and IT, the computer systems of various administrations are not compatible with each other. The interim minister will be assisted by an IT coordinator to bring consistency into the system, Ciolos concluded, according to Agerpres.

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