The Social Democratic Party’s (PSD) National Executive Committee (NatExCom) convened on Monday to decide the makeup of the Dancila Government. A final vote will take place on Friday, and Parliament will convene in an extraordinary sitting for the confirmation vote on the new Government and governance programme on January 29. While ALDE has already decided the name of its ministers, negotiations are still taking place within the PSD.
“Talks on the makeup of the Government are being postponed, no agreement has been reached concerning some portfolios,” PSD Tulcea leader and Tulcea County Council Chairman Horia Teodorescu stated.
Thus, PSD’s Executive Committee will also convene on Friday, January 26, to decide the final makeup of the Dancila Government, against the backdrop of ongoing negotiations over the final form of the new Cabinet.
According to statements that PSD leaders have made so far, the Dancila Government will have the same structure as the former Tudose Government, namely one Premier, three Deputy Premiers – one without portfolio, and 26 portfolios, 2 of the ministers set to be ministers-delegate. Overall, the new Cabinet will have 28 members, just like the previous one.
Dragnea meets Dancila, Plumb and Neacsu before ExCom meeting
On Monday, PSD President Liviu Dragnea met Premier-designate Viorica Dancila, PSD Secretary General Marian Neacsu, and PSD House lawmaker Rovana Plumb. The meeting took place in Liviu Dragnea’s Lower House office, ahead of the party’s ExCom meeting. The four left Liviu Dragnea’s office together in order to take part in PSD’s ExCom meeting.
At the same time, on Monday afternoon ALDE also held a meeting to discuss ideas for the new governance programme.
Moreover, ruling coalition leaders Liviu Dragnea and Calin Popescu Tariceanu met in the former’s office on Monday, before PSD’s NatExCom meeting. The two leaders discussed the governance programme and Fiscal Statement 600, with the possibility that the deadline for lodging the latter could be pushed back. ALDE leader Calin Popescu Tariceanu was accompanied by Daniel Chitoiu and Varujan Vosganian.
On Monday, Dragnea also had a series of meetings with the leaders of PSD’s county branches, who came up with proposals regarding the Government’s makeup.
PSD’s Dragnea: We’d be rushing if we establish ministers today
Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea announced on Monday that the Executive Committee meeting will not revolve around ministries, adding that in case the future Cabinet were to be established today, the coalition would be rushing.
“The consensus was that we would be rushing if we were to establish the ministers today. We are not discussing about ministries and ministers today. We discussed yesterday about the governing programme. I had a meeting today with the colleagues from ALDE, with premier designate Viorica Dancila. We discussed about Fiscal Statement 600 (a fiscal statement that must be submitted by all persons having independent activities, ed. n.),” Dragnea said at PSD’s seat.
According to him, the CExN members were to discuss this Monday the party’s governing programme update.
“We had some talks yesterday, some over the phone, other colleagues came to Bucharest, and the quasi-unanimous opinion, with which I too agreed, was that we would be rushing if we were to discuss about ministers today, and we decided – as early as yesterday – that we won’t discuss about ministries and ministers. Yesterday we started discussions about the governing platform,” Dragnea said when arriving at the PSD central headquarters.
In what concerns the governance programme, Liviu Dragnea said there will not be significant or numerous modifications, but an “update” instead.
He pointed out that talks will take place within the coalition this whole week.
Quizzed in connection with the introduction of the household tax in the ruling programme, Dragnea said he didn’t rule out for it to being introduced, but that it will be communicated when the ruling programme will be ready.
As for the introduction in the governing programme of the abuse of office’s decriminalization, Liviu Dragnea specified that “any member is free to lodge proposals to the ruling programme”.
“What is important is for the final form to be adopted at political level,” the Social-Democrat leader added.
“Cabinet’s structure to be voted Friday by PSD leadership”
The structure of the future Cabinet headed by Premier designate Viorica Dancila will be adopted on Friday through vote by the Social Democratic Party (PSD)’s leadership, the national leader of the major ruling party Liviu Dragnea announced on Monday.
“Today it was unanimously decided that on Friday we shall meet at 11:00 hrs to adopt by vote the structure of the Cabinet, but procedurally each organisation or member of the Executive Committee could come forward with proposals for a member of the Cabinet. (…) The [proposals] will be centralized and we will gather on Friday in the Executive Committee where each and every minister will be voted upon. If several proposals will be for one ministry, the CExN will analyze very carefully and seriously the best option because beyond the political representation, which is important, it is imperative that each member of the Cabinet is well prepared and contributes to a solid governing programme,” Dragnea said at the end of the CExN of PSD meeting that took place at the party’s core seat.
He added that another point of the discussions referred to the public procurement law, and that a working group will be set up to this effect, tasked with producing within two weeks a proposal to mainly simplify procedures under this law.
ALDE’s Tariceanu: No major changes of governing programme, same Gov’t structure. Global income tax stays, but I can’t offer a deadline for its introduction
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu announced on Monday that the governing programme will not undergo major amendments, highlighting that the Executive’s structure will remain the same.
“I presented succinctly the discussions held with the ruling partners – PSD ‘s leadership – and essentially what I communicated to my colleagues is that there won’t be any major changes, not in-depth, nor in scope of the governing programme. Together with PSD we agreed upon mostly reviewing the important topics, the crucial commitments that we made and that we wish to see transposed into legislation and effective measures to be adopted. We will not take fiscal measures,” Tariceanu stated after ALDE’s Central Political Bureau’s meeting.
According to him, the essential amendments in the economic domain were already made in 2017 and specified that the global income tax, announced at the beginning of the governance will continue to be part of the programme but did not give a dead-line for its introduction and affirmed that “the Finance Ministry must carry out ample and extensive preparation.”
Moreover, he mentioned that no new taxes and duties will be introduced.
In reference to the Cabinet’s setup, Tariceanu said “the Government’s structure will remain the same.” “On Friday, at the same time with PSD we will establish the position nominations,” Tariceanu said, pointing out that “in principle” ALDE will keep the same positions, but he has not had any talks yet with the PSD colleagues on this issue.
Tariceanu added that the global income tax will remain in the governance programme, but that he cannot offer a deadline for its introduction.
Calin Popescu Tariceanu pointed out that the global income tax will be introduced, but he does not know when: “The global income tax, which was announced at the start of the governance programme, will remain, but I can’t give you today a deadline for its introduction, because the Finance Ministry has to carry out ample and thorough preparations. (…) New taxes and fees, no.”