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PSD’s Dragnea on possible Gov’t reshuffle: It is not the moment now

Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Liviu Dragnea said on Sunday evening that the Grindeanu Government is doing its job, at the same time mentioning that it is not the moment to replace any minister from office.

Asked if the Finance Minister, Viorel Stefan, will be replaced, Dragnea told Romania TV: “There have been no discussions so far in the Government, in the party or in the coalition, on his being replaced, in fact, on anyone’s being replaced. It is not the moment now. I believe that sometime in May – June the Prime Minister together with us should do it, make an assessment of the governmental team activity. […] To see if any changes are required in the Government or not. […] I believe it is premature to discuss now. […] Most ministers are doing their job. Almost all ministers have a very big problem, they don’t communicate what they do.”

Liviu Drangea also said that the economic results of the first three months of the year are good.

“The Government has done its job. […] The results are good. Only in January and February 44,000 jobs emerged. […] The economic data are very good,” the PSD leader pointed out


“I do not aim to become a prime minister, irrespective of court ruling”


National leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, said Sunday evening that he does not aim to become a prime minister, irrespective of what the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) will say next week on Law 90/2001, which bars convicts and people in an incompatibility state from holding governmental offices.

“What happened is history. (…) I no longer aim to become the prime minister; my aim is to manage, to the best of my abilities, the leadership of the Chamber of Deputies and the leadership of Parliament, together with [Senate Chairman] Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and also to support with all my strength the action of the government, no matter what CCR says next week,” Dragnea told Romania TV private broadcaster.

The Constitutional Court of Romania has postponed until April 4 the ruling on a report from the Ombudsman pointing to a law article barring convicts from being members of the government.


“Uniform public pay law likely to reach Parliament in one or two weeks’ time”


The uniform public pay law is likely to reach Parliament next week or the week after,  PSD chairman announced Sunday evening.


“I believe that these days we will have some talks; and the law might reach Parliament, if not next week, the week after. (…) But I hope it will be this week, because the law has to come into effect on July 1,” Dragnea told Romania TV private broadcaster.

Should this law be a parliamentary initiative, time would be gained on it, said Dragnea.

He went on to say that the entire ruling collation might take responsibility for the uniform pay law as a parliamentary initiative.

“There is in fact one version, as [labour minister] OlgutaVasilescu and Prime Minister Grindeanu have said, of us in the ruling collation considering turning this into a parliamentary initiative for which the entire coalition, all its leaders will take responsibility or going on with this as a governmental initiative. It remains to be seen,” said Dragnea.


PSD’s Dragnea says he is to discuss on Monday with President Iohannis on declassification of DNA-SRI protocols


Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea stated that he will try to discuss on Monday with President Klaus Iohannis about the declassification of protocols between the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).

“Tomorrow, if I go there (at the Cotroceni Palace – e.n.) and I get the chance […] I will make this request to him. I have done it publicly. I don’t see why I should continue to do it,” Liviu Dragnea stated on Sunday evening on the Romania TV private television station, about the possibility of a discussion with Romania’s President regarding the declassification of protocols between the DNA and the SRI, under the conditions in which he is to attend the swearing-in-ceremony of the Environment Minister and the Minister for the Relation with Parliament, that will be held at the Cotroceni Palace.

When asked if he hopes to discuss more than he did last time with Klaus Iohannis, Dragnea responded: “Perhaps we spend more time. Perhaps we stay two minutes.”

The Joint Standing Bureaus of the two Chambers will analyze if Parliament has the jurisdiction to request the declassification of the SRI protocols with institutions of the state, Speaker of the Deputies’ Chambers Liviu Dragnea said on 27 March.

Deputy of the PSD Adrian Tutuianu, who is the President of the Parliament’s committee overseeing the SRI, stated on 28 March that Parliament has no jurisdiction in respect to the legal procedure regarding the declassification of SRI-DNA protocols and he added that, according to the law, the initiative on this topic should depend on the Government and the signatory institutions.

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