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Dragnea: Ministers’ job assessment is over; conclusions expected today. PSD leader a bit surprised by PM Grindeanu’s post; country’s stability doesn’t hang on one person

The Grindeanu Cabinet ministers’ job assessment is over now and conclusions are being worked out, national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), major at rule, Liviu Dragnea said Sunday.

“The assessment is over; the final version of it will be ready this night, while tomorrow we will be working on conclusions, which are equally important, and I think we will start meeting the ministers tomorrow as well,” Dragnea said at the PSD main offices in Bucharest.

Asked about where most of the problems were found, Dragnea said in certain areas.

“There are many areas where there are problems. We will unveil the report so that everybody may understand what it is all about,” said Dragnea.

He went on to say that neither the prime minister, nor any members of his Cabinet have the report on their desk right now, because it is not ready.

“Nobody has it, because it is not finished. I would not allow myself to send it without it being finished. We will discuss it together, because it is not my report so that I may take it away with me,” said Dragnea.

Asked whether or not reshuffle will be included in the main part of the report or to the conclusion chapter, Dragnea said the latter.

“It will be the conclusion chapter if need be and we have to do it. I have seen, and I do not want anyone to get upset, this being called the most tension-filled evening. To me, this evening is not tensioned in the least. There is no tension to speak of, but very much tension has been indeed generated, and I am sorry for that, because in the end this is the assessment of the job done by a government working for the country not for itself. The PSD ran in the election on a programme; Romanians had to choose between various ones, and they said this is the one we want and voted for it. Consequently, the government is compelled to implement that programme,” said Dragnea.

He added that who is part of the government is not the most important thing, but implementing the programme is.

“Because we did not run in the election to tell Romanians: ‘We want to design a programme, just vote us so that we may live better-ish’. No, we said we want to live better, that Romanians should live better, and consequently a programme was worked out that is good yet complex, and, I dare say, not easy to implement; that is why very much hard working, dedication, rigour and involvement are required and not ten slightest trace of laziness. Moreover, if the conclusions point to the need to replace some member of the government, will administrative measures be enough, will making paper trails speedier suffice, will better internal cooperation be enough, or do we have to take additional measures? There will be an open discussion inside the Executive Committee, where decision will be made that will be unveiled,” added Dragnea.

Asked whether or not he knows if the government needs to be changed following the assessment, Dragnea said hopefully the reshuffle solution will not be needed.

“I still do not know it right now, we shall see it tomorrow. I would like for us not to reach out for this solution, because I would still very much want for us to avoid it. After a careful analysis of the assessment report, when working on the conclusions, we may suggest reshuffle if we come to the conclusion that there is no alternative, but we do not want to get there. We have not seen yet any impending doom, but for days on end we have kept on talking about a sense of impending doom (…) I very much respected former prime minister Radu Vasile, but I do not believe Mr Sorin Grindeanu will do what Radu Vasile did. I do not expect us to get there. But, I do not know if such will be suggested. Anyone calm these days is wise, and anyone agitated is wrong,” said Dragnea.

 

PSD leader a bit surprised by PM Grindeanu’s post; country’s stability doesn’t hang on one person

 

National leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea stated on Sunday evening that he was surprised by some Facebook posts published by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu regarding the fact that Romania needs stability and predictability, adding that “a country’s stability doesn’t hang on one person.”

“I have to admit that I was a bit surprised by this post. But will all the calm that you know I have, I want to tell you: it’s hard for someone to tell me that I don’t care about the stability of this country. Nobody can say this thing to me. (…) I am a pretty responsible person, but I thank Prime Minister for the care he has for the country’s stability. In respect to other choices, I don’t believe that is the case. At the same time, I say that besides this statements and predictions I believe that it would be better to look more carefully to what has happened to the governing programme,” Dragnea told Romania TV private television station, adding that the last time he spoke with Sorin Grindeanu was on Saturday night.

The PSD leader mentioned that next week, some decisions of the National Executive Committee (CEx) will be adopted, following the assessment of the implementation of the governing programme by the current Executive.

“Depending on how this analysis ends and on the package of proposals, we will adopt decisions at the CEx convention next week, but not with a vengeance. Namely it can be a decision for the Gov’t to remain exactly how it is, or changes might occur. I don’t have the political experience of the prime minister, but I led the party in these elections and it looks like the PSD won the elections and the PSD obtained an important vote, 48.5 percent of the seats in Parliament, based on the governing programme. It’s good for all to remember, so nobody forgets, that I did not say any name for the prime minister office in the campaign. In the campaign I said that I will stand in front of Romanians with a governing programme that will make their life much better and Romania a powerful and developed country. I did not talk about persons. A country’s stability doesn’t hang on one person, three, or even ten persons, the stability of a country hang on its development level,” Dragnea underscored.

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu stated on Sunday evening, in a Facebook post, that Romania needs stability and predictability, and that Romanians showed in the December poll that they want a stable government, with a large parliamentary support, and this trust granted by the voters must not be “cheated on by new changes, new political crises, and eventually snap elections”.

“Romania has today several opportunities, which can lead us, decisively, towards the path of progress and prosperity. But for this we need stability and predictability. The vote of December 2016 showed us that Romanians, too, want the same thing: a government with large parliamentary support that is stable. This trust that Romanians granted us cannot be cheated on with new changes, new political crises, and eventually new elections – in one word INSTABILITY,” reads the Facebook post.

 

Sorin Grindeanu, meetings with a president and four prime-ministers in the week in which Dragnea wants the assessment of the Government

 

For the week that begins this Monday, PM Sorin Grindeanu has scheduled meetings with 4 prime-ministers and one head of state, in the circumstances in which the PSD leader, Liviu Dragnea, announced that he will finalize the report on the Government’s assessment, a meeting of CExN being also expected in order to decide the measures to be taken.

Thus, on Monday, June 12, PM Sorin Grindeanu will be in an official visit to Croatia, where he will meet the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar, the Croatian PM, Andrej Plenkovic, and the Speaker of the Parliament, Gordan Jandrokovic.

On Tuesday, June 13, PM Grindeanu has scheduled a meeting with the Finnish PM, Juha Sipilä, at the Victoria Palace, and on Wednesday, June 14, he will attend the meeting of the National Council for Romania’s preparation to take over EU Council’s presidency, which will also be held at the Government’s headquarter.

Grindeanu’s agenda includes a meeting with the Pm of the Land of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, for Thursday, June 15, followed by a meeting with the Chairman of the German Economic Committee for Eastern Europe, Wolfgang Büchele; both of the events will be held at the Government’s headquarter.

On Friday, June 16, Grindeanu has scheduled a meeting with the PM of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel.

 

ALDE’s Tariceanu: I haven’t discussed governmental reshuffle with Dragnea

 

National leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu told a private television show on Sunday evening that he didn’t talk with national leader of the Social Democratic party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea about a possible reshuffle of the Government.

“I haven’t talked about such thing with Mr Dragnea. I have seen that is mainly a topic of journalistic interest because, once again, positive news is not that interesting as negative one. And a reshuffle, rather fits the category of negative news, which sparks media interest, I don’t know if the public is interested as well. I treated it as such, without giving it too much importance,” Tariceanu told Romania TV private broadcaster.

When asked whether or not he expects Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu to be replaced based on recent statements by PSD’sGabriela Firea, the ALDE national leader refused to make a statement.

“I won’t comment in any way upon other people’s statements. I believe that for any prime minister the connection with the party that propelled him into the office and secure him political support is a key factor. I don’t know exactly the details regarding the relationship between Mr Prime Minister and his own party,” Tariceanu said.

 

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