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PM Dancila, on Kovesi’s situation: I will support Justice Minister

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Antena 3 private television broadcaster on Wednesday that she was waiting for President Klaus Iohannis’ decision referring to the request to dismiss National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutor-in-chief Laura Codruta Kovesi, but she underscored at the same time that she would support the Justice Minister.

“I have never hesitated to assume responsibility. Maybe this has been the reason for which Chairman Liviu Dragnea, the party supported me for the prime minister office. However, in regards to this aspect, I first want to see what the President does, and then be able to make a decision. Nevertheless, what I can surely tell you is that I will support the Justice Minister. (…) I cannot anticipate, I am waiting to see what decision President Iohannis will make, but let me stress: I am supporting the Justice Minister,” Dancila said, when asked if she could file a notification on constitutional law conflict in case the President doesn’t revoke Kovesi.

In respect to the relation with Tudorel Toader, Prime Minister Dancila pointed out that she cooperates very well with him.

“I work very well with the Justice Minister, I believe that the Justice Minister has done his duty. He is a man with experience in the area, I believe that he has taken things very seriously and that he had an approach that proved seriousness. (…) I believe that Mr Minister has always known that the prime minister would stand by the Justice minister of her Cabinet,” she said.

 

Premier  on collaboration with Iohannis: I planned good inter-institutional cooperation and it is based on confidence

 

The Premier  said in regards to her collaboration with President Klaus Iohannis that she planned “a good inter-institutional cooperation,” and this must be based “on confidence.”

Asked on Antena 3 private television broadcaster if she had been surprised by the Presidency’s release published after her meeting with Klaus Iohannis, Viorica Dancila said: “Yes, it surprised me. It could have reflected the reality and I say this is the fair thing to do, because I planned a good interinstitutional cooperation, and a good cooperation is based on confidence. The moment the discussion is carried out in different terms, other topics are discussed and there is a release of this sort, one can lose confidence, and I don’t want to lose confidence, but, at the same time, I want things to be fair and real.”

 

“Government will focus more on investments in next period”

 

The Government will focus more on investments in the next period, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced on Wednesday.

“We intend to pay more attention to investments in the next period and, at the same time (…), to become a regional hub from many points of view,” Dancila told Antena 3 private TV broadcaster.

The prime minister added that the Government has taken several measures in the economic field.

“We have taken over the majority stake in Mangalia Shipyard, which means a great deal for Romania. (…) Transgaz won the project and took over Vestmoldtransgaz, which means we will become a regional hub and now it has again submitted the documents and we have all the chances to take over DESFA. At the same time, the first phase for BRUA – Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Austria, has been signed, regarding the gas corridor and, last but not least, the 400 kV interconnector between Resita and Pancevo. We intend to continue in this pace. (…) We will continue the projects with the Republic of Moldova, we will have a joint government meeting,” Dancila said.

According to the head of the Executive, the public-private partnership law will also be amended.

“To talk about investments in Romania, firstly we must (…) change the public-private partnership law, think about the public procurement package. (…) I believe that the law on public procurement must be amended, we must also have a restructuring of the National Agency for Public Procurement, but of the National Council for Contestations as well,” Dancila said.

She also said that another objective is to set up the Romanian Commerce House, which, in a first phase, will refer to agri-food products.

At the same time, the prime minister reviewed her Cabinet, stating that 17 points of the governing program were implemented, including the draft law on combating domestic violence.

“This draft left the Government, it is in Parliament. (…) There are another 16 points in the governing program that we have put into practice and we have achieved in the first quarter what we have proposed,” Dancila said.

The prime minister recalled another project “dear” to her, aimed at helping people with disabilities.

“I have a project dear to me, a point I have addressed with great sensitivity (…) and it concerns people with disabilities. I had meetings with non-governmental organizations, I had meetings with parents’ associations. (…) I tried to identify, along with those who came to the meetings at the Government, the problems they have and I am trying to find solutions. (…) Of the 47 issues raised, we have already given solutions to nine and, in a medium and long term, we will solve all 47 problems,” Dancila said.

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