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PM-designate, on new Cabinet: There are new names and ministers of former Gov’t. Dragnea: We had consultations on the new Gov’t, some proposals were rejected by Viorica Dancila

Prime Minister-designate Viorica Dancila announced on Friday that the new Government will include new names, but also ministers of the former Cabinet.

“I have participated in the evaluation, analysis of the proposals on the future PSD-ALDE Cabinet [Social Democratic Party-Alliance of Liberals and Democrats]. Together with the PSD-ALDE leaders, we assessed the proposals made for the future ministers. During the National Executive Committee [CExN] meeting, these people will be submitted to voting inside the party (…) There are also new names, and ministers of the former Cabinet as well,” Viorica Dancila said before the PSD’s CExN meeting.

She said she would also go to the ALDE meeting.

“I will go to the ALDE meeting. The time is very short and I believe I have to grant more time for discussions to our colleagues in the ruling coalition,” the PM-designate added.

Asked what she wants to reply to President Klaus Iohannis in respect to the ministers with integrity issues, Dancila said: “At the moment, I am the proposal of the ruling coalition for the prime minister office, made to Mr President Iohannis. Mr President Iohannis has sent the designation to Parliament. I cannot make statements as a prime minister, for the moment, in the context in which I am not a prime minister yet.”


PSD’s Dragnea: We had consultations on the new Gov’t: some proposals were rejected by Viorica Dancila


Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea on Friday announced that consultations were held at the party with respect to the new government composition, and that some of the proposals weren’t accepted by Prime Minister-designate Viorica Dancila.

“We had consultations, there were several proposals, but some of them were rejected by Mrs. Dancila. There could be two-three areas where there are several options to be taken into account and that’s why we will have to vote to set this matter,” Dragnea stated before the meeting of the National Executive Committee (CExN) of the Social Democratic Party.

Asked whether Deputy Prime Minister Paul Stanescu will continue to be a part of the future government, Dragnea said: “Mr. Stanescu already announced what he will do, in case that the court decides (..) to reopen his case, I don’t know exactly how things are. He said he will tender his resignation.”

Moreover, when asked if he was going to take care that the list with the new government members will be clear of any ministers facing such integrity issues, he said: “No, I don’t believe there will be any minister with such issues.”

In respect to the possibility that Rovana Plumb will be a member of the new government team, the PSD leader replied that the DNA (National Anti-corruption Directorate) request related to her was already rejected by the Parliament.

“But what is the problem with Rovana Plumb now too? (…) Since (the DNA request – editor’s note) was rejected, it means she has no capacity (in the case file – editor’s note),” said Dragnea.

Also, the PSD leader specified that he did not send President Klaus Iohannis a list with options for ministers on behalf of the PSD.

“I cannot send the President a list of options,” said Dragnea.


PSD chairman: Dancila Gov’t will honor any of President’s invitations to dialogue on fiscal topics


Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea stated on Friday that Dancila Government will honor the invitation to a dialogue on fiscal topics launched by President Klaus Iohannis.

When asked, prior to the meeting of the PSD’s National Executive Committee (CExN), if Dancila Government is to honor President Iohannis’ invitation to a dialogue on fiscal topics, Dragnea responded: “Categorically yes. I and Mr Tariceanu will honor any invitation regarding matters which are important.”

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday that he will draw the attention of the future Executive not to endanger the fiscal sustainability through “imprudent policies and hazardous measures.” He announced that he will have talks with the government in this respect and ask for consultations with those in charge in the area of economic policies.


ALDE’s list of ministers validated by its Central Political Bureau (sources)


The Central Political Bureau of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) validated on Friday the list with the names of the party’s ministers for the Dancila Cabinet. The four ministers of Tudose Government will keep their portfolios in the new Gov’t, sources of the party informed.

The four proposals of ALDE are the following: Gratiela Gavrilescu for the Environment Ministry, while keeping her portfolio as Deputy Prime Minister, Teodor Melescanu for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Viorel Ilie for the Ministry for the Relation with Parliament and Toma Petcu for the Energy Ministry.

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