On Monday, the new Government will receive the confidence vote in Parliament, and the votes of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) could decide the fate of the Dancila 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.
Four deputy prime ministers in the 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.
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
PNL Vice Chair: If UDMR doesn’t vote, the Dancila Government will not pass. Several PSD and ALDE parliamentarians will be absent
The Vice Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Florin Roman stated on Friday that if UDMR will not vote for the investiture of the Government, the required number of votes will not be achieved, because there are PSD and ALDE parliamentarians who will not be present at the session, mentioning that PNL is already having individual talks with representatives of the governing coalition.
Florin Roman said that the fate of the future Government is in UDMR’s hands, and the Alliance “will rule the roost” on the vote related to the Dancila Government’s investiture.
“It is important if UDMR will announce that they will vote for the Government or not, because there are PSD and ALDE parliamentarians who will not participating in the voting in this case. I’m not hiding the fact that we are having individual talks with PSD and ALDE representatives, from where we are trying to obtain an absence from the session for the Government’s investiture, and not necessarily a vote against the Government. PMP and USR will vote against the Government, along with PNL, and I repeat, if UDMR will not vote for the new Government, there are chances for this Government not to pass” Florin Roman stated for News.ro.
He mentioned that he already had talks with parliamentarians from the governing coalition who represent Transylvania and who said that they are planning not to be present at the voting session for the Dancila Government’s investiture, but everything depends on the UDMR’s stand.
“If the Government will be voted by UDMR, Dragnea and PSD will have no fear” Roman also said.
According to the Liberal Vice Chair, PSD and ALDE have now 10 extra votes, while UDMR has other 29 votes, which would lead, together with the votes of the minorities’ representatives, to a difference of more 40 votes in favor to the Government’s investiture.
Florin Roman explained that the situation is not quite “carefree” for the future Government, since there are tensions inside PSD following the appointment of the ministers, and some of the powerful branches are dissatisfied because “they were excluded from the distribution of the portfolios made by Dragnea”.
USR: The appointments in the current Government are an unprecedented mockery in Romania’s history; Barna: Liviu Dragnea shows us that his only goal is to stop the cases bearing his name
Save Romania Union (USR) stated on Friday that the ministers of the Dancila Government “are a n unprecedented mockery in Romania’s history”, and Rovana Plumb’s return in office and maintaining the Vice PM Paul Stanescu in the new Government indicate that PSD ignores the integrity criteria. The Chairman of the party says that Liviu Dragnea’s only goal is to get rid of the criminal cases.
“USR appreciates that the appointments in the Government led by Viorica Dancila offers us the same spectacle of incompetence to which PSD has already accustomed us. They are the same people, only the Prime Minister has changed, this time she is one of the most obedient people to Liviu Dragnea” USR states.
USR also criticizes Rovana Plumb’s return at the leadership of the EU Funds Ministry, accusing PSD of ignoring the integrity criteria.
“Rovana Plumb’s return at the leadership of the Ministry for European Funds shows once again that PSD is knowingly ignoring the integrity criteria when choosing the members of the Government. We remind you that Rovana Plumb, who is subject to a DNA investigation, has resigned from the Tudose Government, but she couldn’t be investigated because her fellows in the coalition rescued her by voting against removing the parliamentary immunity” USR states.
USR also says that maintaining Paul Stanescu as Vice PM and Development Minister indicates that the Social Democrats aren’t able to find people without criminal problems.
“USR will vote against the investiture of the Dancila Government proposed by PSD-ALDE” the representatives of the party concluded.
The USR Chairman Dan Barna says that the Dancila Government is actually new “only on the papers, because PSD is using the same people in the last three Governments” and says that Liviu Dragnea’s goal is to get rid of the criminal cases.
FDGR will not support the Dancila Government
The Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania (FDGR) announced on Friday that will not support the Dancila Government, and its MP Ovidiu Gant will not vote for the investiture of the new PSD-ALDE Government. The FDGR representatives invoke “slanderous allegations of some of the PSD and ALDE members related to FDGR”, as well as the fact that they don’t support the Laws on Justice and the way of dismissing the two Governments of the governing coalition.
“FDGR will not support the Dancila Government, and its MP Ovidiu Gant will not vote for the investiture of the new PSD-ALDE Government, since the relations between the governing coalition and FDGR are not clarified, following the slanderous allegations of some of the PSD and ALDE members related to FDGR starting from 2014, and due to the fact that the two parties haven’t dissociated from those allegations” was the message sent on Friday by the FDGR representatives.
At the same time, FDGR announces that it disagrees with the PSD-ALDE’s intention to amend the Laws on Justice and it doesn’t support these measures.
Besides, the FDGR representatives announce that they disagree with the way of dismissing the two PSD-ALDE Governments, “which caused political instability and a negative image of our country abroad”.
Kelemen Hunor: “Has anybody read the governing program? I was told it look like it was drafted at the Agriculture Ministry, between two beers”
The Chairman of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), Kelemen Hunor, urged the members of the party to analyze the governing program proposed by PSD-ALDE, “because all these agreements are for a long term”. “Has anyone read the governing program? I know that Balint read it and he told me that it looks like it was drafted at the Agriculture Ministry, between two beers. A decision will be made this week related to this governing program, and it would be very good if you will express your opinion, too. I would be very glad if you will read this governing program tomorrow morning and tell us your ideas by Monday morning. We also have ideas related to the coming period, which we would like to present. All these agreements are for a long term” Kelemen Hunor said on Saturday evening, at the 15th anniversary ceremony since the establishment of the Hungarian Youth Conference.
Dragnea on UDMR’s support at confirmation vote: We hope they will back us
PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Sunday, at the end of the meeting that ruling coalition MPs had with the nominated members of the Dancila Government, that he hopes that UDMR will support the confirmation of the Government. Asked for his opinion on UDMR President Kelemen Hunor’s critical view on the governing programme, Dragnea said that “it’s very good that he is critical,” but stated that the programme is “largely” the same as the previous one.
“It’s very good that he is critical. The governing programme hasn’t suffered important modifications, it’s roughly the same [programme] voted,” Dragnea said.
He pointed out he had a discussion with the leaders of UDMR and he hopes they will support the confirmation of the Government.
“We had a discussion with UDMR, they will decide on Monday whether they will vote for the confirmation of the Government or not. We hope they will back us,” Dragnea said.
Asked whether he is nervous for Monday, when the new Government is to be confirmed, Dragnea said he is waiting the confirmation hearings and the confirmation vote “with excitement.”
“I’m always nervous, I’m very nervous every time my colleagues go in for hearings and so we are waiting with excitement for tomorrow’s hearings to conclude and, of course, for the vote that follows,” the PSD President added.
Petre Daea after UDMR criticises governing programme: I got drunk in 1968 and I get sick even now thinking about it
Referring to UDMR President Kelemen Hunor’s statement, according to which the governing programme looks as if it was written “at the Agriculture Ministry, between two beers,” Agriculture Minister Petre Daea stated on Sunday that the Agriculture Ministry deals with the raw material for beer. “I got drunk in 1968 and I get sick even now thinking about it,” Daea said.
Asked for his comment on Kelemen Hunor’s statement according to which the governing programme looks as if it was written “at the Agriculture Ministry, between two beers,” Petre Daea said: “The [raw] material’s headquarters is there (at the Agriculture Ministry – editor’s note). The barley for beer is there, the food industry is there. I got drunk in 1968 and I get sick even now thinking about it.”
Also on Sunday, Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated he did not talk with UDMR about the confirmation vote.
“I too like to use stronger words from time to time, but I believe that tomorrow UDMR will… I don’t know how they will vote, I understand that tomorrow morning, on Monday, they will hold a meeting at the level of parliamentary groups, in which they will decide. I’m open to dialogue at any time and my colleagues from UDMR know this,” Tariceanu said.
He pointed out he is relying on all the majority’s votes.
In his turn, Liviu Dragnea pointed out that the governing programme does not include major modifications compared to the one already voted in Parliament.