President Klaus Iohannis has invited Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Cotroceni Palace on Wednesday morning, the Presidential Administration informs. The meeting comes against the backdrop of rumours that the Government wants to adopt a Government Emergency Ordinance (GEO) on pardoning and amnesty.
“We point out that President Klaus Iohannis has invited Prime Minister Viorica Dancila for talks at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on Wednesday morning”, the Presidential Administration informed.
The Government could be convened on Thursday, in a new meeting at Victoria Palace, political sources have told MEDIAFAX. The Government’s agenda included a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, about which information according to which the Executive allegedly has the intention to issue a GEO on pardoning and amnesty appeared in the public space as early as Monday.
This would be the last week in which the Dancila Cabinet could issue emergency ordinances, Thursday being the final day of the extraordinary session, convening Parliament for a subsequent adoption no longer being necessary.
Liviu Dragnea and Calin Popescu Tariceanu, the leaders of the PSD-ALDE coalition, denied the information according to which the Executive plans to adopt such an emergency ordinance.
On Monday, PSD President Liviu Dragnea denied that the Executive plans to adopt, on Tuesday, an emergency ordinance on amnesty and pardoning, stating that Premier Viorica Dancila and the Justice Minister denied the rumours in this sense.
“I’ve asked the Premier and the Justice Minister if there is any intention to adopt a GEO on pardoning during the Government meeting on Tuesday. They both refuted these rumours that have appeared in the public space,” reads the message that Liviu Dragnea transmitted to Digi24.
ALDE President Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Monday that he did not talk with Liviu Dragnea, during their meeting at the Palace of Parliament, about the emergency ordinance on amnesty and pardoning, an ordinance which, some claim, would allegedly be issued for the sake of the PSD leader, but that innocent people should not be left to suffer “on account of Dragnea.” The Senate Speaker added that the advisability of such a measure must be analysed.
“The topic [of an emergency ordinance on amnesty and pardoning] was not discussed. I believe it was tossed in the press through certain channels, it’s not the first time this happens, and then I see that very many are falling for it and the topic is gaining traction. I was asked today too but I did not make public statements because I was dressed inappropriately. It’s a topic for which very many have a passion. You shouldn’t somehow believe that I want to close the topic. I don’t want you to believe I’m afraid or embarrassed to discuss this topic. The first thing I want to note is that this idea of amnesty and pardoning wouldn’t be inconceivable. It was done before in Romania, very many years ago,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on TVR.
Gov’t spokesman confirms PM Dancila, President Iohannis to meet Wednesday
Government spokesman Nelu Barbu has confirmed that there will be a meeting of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday.
“I cannot tell you the hour. I can confirm that tomorrow there will be a meeting between Romania’s Prime Minister and Romania’s President; the hour will be communicated by the Press Office,” Barbu said at the end of a government meeting on Tuesday.
According to www.presidency.ro, the meeting is scheduled to take place at 10:30 hrs.
Fourth time when Iohannis invites Dancila at Cotroceni
This is the fourth time that President Iohannis invites Viorica Dancila at the Cotroceni Palace in the six months since she became Prime Minister.
On April 3, Viorica Dancila went to Cotroceni alongside Labour Minister Olguta Vasilescu, against the backdrop of the scandal surrounding the unitary pay law which brought salary cuts for some categories.
“President Klaus Iohannis pointed out that the overlap between Law no.153/2017 on the salaries of personnel paid from public funds and GEO no.79/2017 amending the Fiscal Code has led to salary cuts for some categories of personnel, at both the central and local levels, negative consequences that the Government did not foresee. Even though 25 percent salary hikes were promised starting on 1 January 2018, these hikes were in fact cancelled out by the fiscal gimmick of transferring the social security contributions to the obligation of employees,” the Presidential Administration pointed out at the time.
On April 27, Viorica Dancila was invited again at Cotroceni, on the issue of the tensions between the Government and the National Bank of Romania, but the Premier refused to go. In a press statement, Klaus Iohannis announced the withdrawal of his approval for the Premier and asked the Premier to resign.
“On 29 January 2018, Ms Dancila said the following: ‘I swear to dedicate all my power and skill to the spiritual and material prosperity of the Romanian people, to observe the Constitution and the laws of the country, to defend democracy, the fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizens, the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Romania. So help me God!’ It’s the oath taken by us, those who win and then hold public office.
“This means not only that the Constitution and the laws of the country are observed ad-literam. This also means that the principle of loyal cooperation is observed, that the need to hold consultations between the President and Prime Minister is observed in the interest of the Romanian state, that the decisions of the Constitutional Court are observed, all of this in the interest of Romania and of Romanians. Ms Dancila preferred to carry out the party’s orders.
“With this in mind, I withdraw my approval for Ms Dancila. (…) Ms Dancila cannot handle the office of Prime Minister of Romania and is thus transforming the Government into a vulnerability for Romania.
“That is why I publicly demand that Ms Dancila resign from the office of Prime Minister of Romania,” Klaus Iohannis stated.
That same day, Viorica Dancila responded by saying that she will not resign and that she feels treated as a pupil is treated by the teacher, this being the reason she refused to go to Cotroceni.
“I see no reason to resign as long as I have the support of the ruling coalition, as long as I believe that I’ve had good results during the three months. I see no reason to tender my resignation. (…) The President of Romania has no prerogatives to dismiss from office the Prime Minister,” Viorica Dancila said.
On May 7, President Iohannis once against asked that Premier Dancila resign against the backdrop of the Government’s weak economic results.
In these conditions, President Iohannis deemed that “the resignation of Ms Dancila is imperative in order to make room for responsible and competent people.”
On May 15, Viorica Dancila was invited at Cotroceni, against the backdrop of the scandal surrounding the secret memorandum on the relocation of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. She went accompanied by Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu and Ana Birchall, Deputy Prime Minister for the implementation of Romania’s strategic partnerships.
“President Klaus Iohannis emphasised that it is mandatory for Romania’s foreign policy to be done solely in the interest of Romania and that it is necessary for domestic tensions over foreign policy topics to cease immediately, for our country to remain a credible actor in the relationship with the United States of America, at the level of the European Union and NATO, as well as within the framework of the other strategic partnerships in which our country is committed,” the Cotroceni Palace pointed out.