Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Monday stated that her resignation is out of the question, and she specified that she is backed by the majority coalition.
“I have the majority coalition backing me up. No way am I going to resign. On the contrary, you know how they say in Romania, what doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger. I believe that I can stay at the helm of the government until 2020,” Dancila told a press conference in Bacau.
Asked whether it was true she asked the PSD (Social Democratic Party) leader, Liviu Dragnea, to allow her to resign, but the latter put more pressure on her to stay in office, Dancila said: “Definitely not. I see that rumors fly well. No. If I wanted this, I would have said so, but I reiterated that I am a strong person and I will stay in office until the end of my term, in 2020.”
Viorica Dancila said she has a duty towards Romania.
“I think filing a criminal complaint against PM for high treason is inappropriate”
The Prime Minister has labelled inappropriate the criminal complaint against her filed by national leader of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) Ludovic Orban, saying that she is convinced justice will find this complaint ridiculous.
“I think it is an inappropriate act to file a criminal complaint for high treason against the prime minister of Romania. I am convinced that justice will find this complaint ridiculous, as its completely divorced from reality,” Dancila said on Monday in Bacau.
The prosecutor’s office with the Supreme Court of Justice last week sent to the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) a complaint filed by PNL’s Orban against Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), main at rule, Liviu Dragnea arguing that this is the competent body in this case, according to a statement by the Attorney General’s Office to AGERPRES.
Orban accuses Dancila of high treason, bad-faith presentation of information to the President of Romania, usurpation of office and disclosure of state secrets.
The complaint also concerns PSD’s Dragnea for the disclosure of state secrets.
Romania will have the chance to prove firmness in supporting strengthening of the European project
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Monday stated in Bacau that Romania will be able to prove firmness in supporting the strengthening of the European project, while holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union starting January 1 2019.
The head of the Executive underscored that the European citizens should feel the benefits of their belonging to the European Union every day.
“The Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union will seek that the European Union policies be always about the cohesion principles, as a common value of the EU, while underscoring at the same time the importance of returning to the foundations of the European construction, in order to rebuild citizens’ confidence. We will be holding the presidency overlaps in a time when the EU member states are focusing on identifying valid solutions to major challenges facing the European project and on defining its evolution in the next decade. Romania will have thus the chance to prove firmness in supporting the strengthening of the European project,” said the PM.
Dancila stated that Romania holding the presidency of the Council of the EU will also represent “an opportunity to prove the political will and ability to contribute to the strengthening of the unity and cohesion of member states, to a much stronger European Union, capable of efficient actions inside and outside its borders, for and to the benefit of the European citizens.
The Prime Minister also said that Romania’s agenda while holding the Council presidency will rely on four main pillars: ensuring sustainable and equitable development for all member states, maintaining a safe Europe, strengthening the global role of the EU and the common values Europe.
She also mentioned that Romania’s presidency of the Council of the EU will also contribute to the definition of the landmarks for the next multi-annual financial framework, including with respect to the cohesion policy post-2020.
Prime Minister Dancila and the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu, will be in the Bacau County to visit several objectives developed with European funds and to participate in the conference “Europe’s Urban Investments: a Challenge for Change.”