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Dobrovolschi: President Iohannis invites PM Grindeanu to Cotroceni Palace for talks on budget

President Klaus Iohannis will meet on Wednesday with Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu to discuss the Government’s plans in respect to the state budget.

“President Klaus Iohannis had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, in which he invited the latter to the Cotroceni Palace for a clarifying talk. (..) Romania’s President wants to find out straight from the Prime Minister what are the Government’s plans in respect to the budget for 2017. It is a necessary talk because there are very many concerns about the sustainability of these measures and the effects they may have on the economy,” the head of state’s spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi announced in a press conference at the Cotroceni Palace on Monday.

According to her, the meeting will take place on Wednesday afternoon and is aimed at the Government’s plans regarding the budget.

Madalina Dobrovolschi said that Public Finance Minister Viorel Stefan will also participate in the meeting.

She pointed out that the concerns are based on figures and data.

“Everybody is aware of what has been happening lately. On a Presidential Administration level, there are serious analyses, but also as a mere citizen there are these concerns based on figures, on data. These concerns exist up to the Presidential Administration level,” the President’s spokesperson added.

Asked if there have also been discussions with Central Bank representatives, Dobrovolschi pointed out that she cannot confirm or invalidate such information.


President Iohannis asked PM for info on authorities’ activity during this period


President Klaus Iohannis asked Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu for information on the manner in which the authorities operated in this period, in the extreme cold weather context, the head of states’ spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi also said Monday.

She showed that President Iohannis had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, aimed at establishing a meeting between the two and the manner in which the authorities operated in this period.

“In the adverse weather context, namely the nationwide situation, the President asked and received information about the manner in which the authorities operated in this period,” Dobrovolschi told a press conference at the Cotroceni Palace.


“Romania’s President never makes pressures”


Romania’s President never makes pressures; Romania’s President observes, to the letter, his constitutional role, President’s Spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi said on Monday evening, asked about the statements of Social Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea on the Ombudsman’s demarche with the Constitutional Court.

Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Liviu Dragnea said last Thursday that he wasn’t planning on becoming a prime minister, thus referring to the Ombudsman’s measure to notify the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) on law 90/2001 concerning the organisation and functioning of the Government and ministries, according to which persons who were issued criminal sentences and are not found in incompatibility situations can be government members.

He criticised the Presidential Administration’s position regarding the Ombudsman’s step.

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