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January 16, 2021

Gov’t to notify CCR about reshuffle issue on Friday. Dancila says she talked with Iohannis

On Friday, the Government will notify the Constitutional Court (CCR) about a juridical conflict of a constitutional nature with President Klaus Iohannis over the Government reshuffle issue. Premier Viorica Dancila says she has talked by phone with President Klaus Iohannis.

“We find ourselves forced to lodge this notification with the CCR,” Dancila said after she met PSD leader Liviu Dragnea at the Palace of Parliament.

She pointed out that she talked by phone with President Iohannis, who told her that he is still analysing the issue and will not take any decision before next week.

Asked whether she believes Klaus Iohannis is infringing upon the Constitution, Viorica Dancila said: “I don’t know whether he infringes upon the Constitution. He too is probably informed and will do everything possible not to infringe upon the Constitution. The important thing is the responsibility we have now, on the threshold of taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU. I believe that this calls for more responsibility on the part of everyone. It is not a test for the Romanian Government or for Viorica Dancila. It’s a test for Romania and all of us will be judged, as a country, based on the way we will manage the takeover and exercise of the presidency.”

PSD leader Liviu Dragnea stated on Wednesday that “an action must be taken” in what concerns the reshuffling of the two ministers, and that on Thursday he will discuss with Viorica Dancila and Tudorel Toader in this regard. Dragnea said that the discussion on notifying the Constitutional Court has already taken place within PSD’s leadership bodies, but that “it will be the Prime Minister’s decision.” Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated on Tuesday, for Antena3, that the draft notification has been redacted.

On Wednesday evening, President Klaus Iohannis stated that he has not yet finalised his analysis on the reshuffle. Referring to the gridlock that would be created as a result of the fact that the outgoing ministers’ resignations will come into force, the President replied: “The solution is in PSD’s hands, it’s their own business to come up with efficient people.”

Referring to a potential decision regarding the appointments at the helm of the Development and Transport ministries, President Klaus Iohannis stated on Wednesday that the analysis is pending but the Government reshuffle is made for show, weak people being replaced with even weaker ones.

Asked what the solution for the Dancila Cabinet to get out of the deadlock is, the Head of State said: “The solution is in PSD’s hands. They should come up with efficient people. I haven’t finalised the analysis.”

Lia Olguta Vasilescu, whose nomination as Transport Minister was rejected and who has now been nominated as Development Minister, has stated that starting on Thursday the Transport Minister will enter gridlock because it no longer has a minister.

Last week, President Klaus Iohannis announced that he will take a decision after December 1st in what concerns the second Government reshuffle focusing on the Transport and Development ministries.

The President rejected Ilan Laufer as Development Minister and Lia Olguta Vasilescu as Transport Minister. Premier Viorica Dancila subsequently nominated Lia Olguta Vasilescu as Development Minister and Mircea Draghici as Transport Minister.



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