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PM-designate Viorica Dancila unveils list of new government. Parliament extraordinary session called for Monday to vest new Cabinet

Prime Minister-designate Viorica Dancila has unveiled on Friday afternoon the validated list with the new gov’t, following the meeting of the National Executive Committee (CExN) of the (Social Democratic Party).

The Dancila Cabinet will count for four Deputy prime ministers: Paul Stanescu (PSD), Ana Birchall (PSD), Gratiela Gavrilescu (ALDE) and Viorel Stefan (PSD) – without portfolio.

Viorica Dancila said that the attributions of the Ministry of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue will be taken over by other structures of the Gov’t.

She added that each proposal had its voting.

Here are the nominations for the Gov’t to be led by Viorica Dancila:

 

– Paul Stanescu – deputy prime minister, minister of Regional Development and Public Administration

– Gratiela Leocardia Gavrilescu – deputy prime minister, minister of the Environment

– Viorel Stefan – deputy prime minister without portfolio

– Ana Birchall – deputy prime minister for Romania’s strategic partnerships’ Implementation

– Carmen Dan – minister of Internal Affairs

– Teodor Melescanu – minister of Foreign Affairs

– Mihai Fifor – minister of National Defence

– Eugen Orlando Teodorovici – minister of Public Finance

– Tudorel Toader – minister of Justice

– Petre Daea – minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

– Valentin Popa – minister of National Education

– Lia – Olguta Vasilescu – minister of Labour and Social Justice

– Danut Andrusca – minister of Economy

– Anton Anton – minister of Energy

– Lucian Sova – minister of Transports

– Rovana Plumb – minister of European Funds

– Stefan Radu Oprea – minister for Business Milieu, Commerce and Entrepreneurship

– Sorina Pintea – minister of Health

– George Ivascu – minister of Culture and National Identity

– Ioan Denes – minister of Waters and Forests

– Nicolae Burnete – minister of Research and Innovation

– Bogdan Cojocaru – minister of Communications and Information Society

– Ioana Bran – minister of Youth and Sports

– Bogdan Gheorghe Trif – minister of Tourism

– Natalia Intotero – minister for Romanians Abroad

– Viorel Ilie – minister for Liaison with Parliament

– Victor Negrescu – minister delegate for European Affairs

The ministers nominated are to be heard next Monday in the parliamentary relevant committees, then voted in Parliament’s plenary sitting. The nominated ministers will afterwards take the oath at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

 

Parliament extraordinary session called for Monday to vest Dancila Cabinet

 

The Senate and Chamber of Deputies leaders decided on Friday to call an extraordinary session of Parliament on Monday, for the investiture vote on the new government.

The plenary session is scheduled to start at 15:00 hrs, while hearings of the minister nominees in Parliament expert committees will start at 8:00 hrs.

“The joint Standing Bureaus approved Monday’s agenda. (…) Hearings of the ministers in the expert committees are set in the first part of the day, starting at 8:00 hrs, and the plenary sitting is scheduled for 15:00, for the prime minister to present the program and the list of the government members, followed by the debate in plenum and the final vote of investiture. We distributed to our colleagues in the Standing Bureau the program and list of the Cabinet members,” Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said after the meeting of the Standing Bureau, who also mentioned that a longer time has been assigned to hearings than in the case of the previous lineups that sought to be vested in office.

 

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu: Number of Cabinet ministers remains the same

 

Senate Speaker  Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said on Friday that the position of Deputy Prime Minister for whom Ana Birchall has been proposed underlines the importance of the field she will coordinate, stressing that the number of ministers in the Dancila Cabinet will be the same as in the Tudose Government.

“The number of members of the Cabinet remains the same. This position [of Birchall] is meant to emphasize the importance of the field that the Deputy Prime Minister will coordinate,” Tariceanu said in Parliament.

Asked about Radu Oprea, proposed by the PSD National Executive Committee as Business Milieu Minister and who is legally embattled, Tariceanu said: “This is news to me. I do not know this about Mr. Oprea, but I would like to point out that in the frenzy that has taken over the activity of the prosecutor’s offices in Romania in the past years, I believe that very few politicians are left without a file on their heads. I have noticed also something else: that some people who had been accused and even deprived of their freedom for months, then they were acquitted, and that should oblige all of us to a certain reservation and at least seriously consider the presumption of innocence as a key-factor in considering those who are at one moment the target of such actions.”

 

LabMin  Vasilescu: Governing programme currently ready

 

Labour Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu stated on Friday that the governing programme is ready, with some members of the Government being due to hand over the mandate and prepare the new ministers.

Asked at the end of PSD’s National Executive Committee (CExN) meeting, whether amendments to the governing programme were also discussed, Lia Olguta Vasilescu replied: “We have discussed all these days. The governing programme is currently ready. We have to prepare, as of tomorrow, with all those who were ministers, who will continue to be ministers. There are some colleagues who must now hand over their mandate and will have as task to inform the newcomers with everything they have done in their ministries and what exactly was accomplished of the governing programme. But the governing programme is ready.”

At the same time, Lia Olguta Vasilescu affirmed that the pension law remains a priority.

“It certainly remains a priority. It is natural that it stays a priority and I hope we come out with it as soon as possible,” Vasilescu further said.

On the other hand, asked why the need for four deputy prime-ministers in Dancila’s Cabinet, Lia Olguta Vasilescu replied: “It was considered that we need strengthening of our foreign relations and I believe it is a good idea.”

She referred to the fact that deputy premier Ana Birchall (PSD), alongside deputy prime ministers Paul Stanescu (PSD), Gratiela Gavrilescu (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats – ALDE) and Viorel Stefan (PSD) – without portfolio, will be part of the future Government.

 

Vasilica-Viorica Dancila, Prime Minister-designate (biofile)

 

Vasilica-Viorica Dancila was born on 16 December 1963, in Rosiorii de Vede, Teleorman County, according to http://www.europarl.europa.eu/.

She graduated from the Faculty of Well Drilling and Exploitation of Hydrocarbon deposits with the Petroleum & Gas University of Ploiesti, in 1988.

In 2006, she obtained the “European Public Space” Master’s degree with the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest. She specialises in project programming and management, the basis of petroleum economy and in making decisions, expert in legislative harmonisation – European integration, according to data published on her personal Facebook page.

During the 1989-1997 interval, she was a high school teacher in Videle.

From 1988 to 2009 she was an engineer at Oil Company Petrom SA – a OMV Group member, at Videle Operation Area, the Oil and Gas Production Monitoring Service.

She has been a member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) since 1996. From 2000 to 2003 she was the Chairwoman of PSD’s Women’s Organisation in Videle. From 2004 to 2008, she was a local councilor on behalf of PSD, Videle Local Council and 2008 through 2009 she held the position of PSD county councilor, Teleorman County Council. Starting with 2003 and until 2011, she was Chairwoman of the PSD Organisation in Videle.

From 2005 until 2014, she was Chairwoman of the PSD Teleorman Women’s County Organisation and at the same time deputy leader of PSD Teleorman County. Starting with 2005, she has been a member of PSD’s National Council. Between 2010 and 2014, she was deputy chair of PSD’s National Women’s Organisation. She was acting chair of PSD’s National Women’s Organisation (March 2014 – October 2015). In October 2015, she became Chairwoman of PSD’s National Women’s Organisation.

On 21 January 2009, Vasilica-Viorica Dancila became a Social Democrat MEP after Titus Corlatean and Catalin Nechifor left the European Parliament to take up as Romanian parliamentarians. Within the European Parliament, she was alternate member of Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) and of Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries and full member in the Budget Committee and in the Delegation for relations with Israel.

She was elected a MEP on the PSD+PC list at the June 7, 2009 polls. She is a member of the European Parliament’s Commission for agriculture and rural development, the Delegation for the relation with Mashreq countries and the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. She was active within the European Parliament’s Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D). Between March 2010 and March 2011, she was leader of PSD’s delegation within the European Parliament.

On 6 February 2014, her name featured on a list of the first 12 candidates proposed by PSD for the MEP elections of 25 May 2014. On 25 May 2014, Viorica Dancila was elected for a second mandate as Eurodeputy, for the 2014-2019 legislature, on the lists of the Electoral Alliance made up of PSD+UNPR+PC. Starting with December 2014, she has been the leader of the Romanian deputies’ delegation in S&D Group.

Viorica Dancila was proposed on 16 January 2018 by the Social Democratic Party for the position of Premier, upon the resignation on 15 January 2017 of Mihai Tudose from the position of Romania’s Prime Minister, following the withdrawal of the political support within PSD’s National Executive Committee (CExN). On 16 January 2018, President Klaus Iohannis announced that he designated Mihai-Viorel Fifor, National Defence Minister as Acting Premier and on 17 January 2018 he designated Viorica Dancila, proposed by PSD, for the position of Prime Minister.

 

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