President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday said that his participation in the government meeting takes place by virtue of the powers set in Romania’s Constitution.
“My participation in the government meeting takes place by virtue of the powers awarded to Romania’s President in Romania’s Constitution. More exactly, for the specialists, I am talking about the powers in articles 80, 86 and 87,” Iohannis said in the beginning of the government meeting.
According to him, the President’s presence in the government meetings cannot be restricted nor limited.
“When I attend Gov’t meetings, I preside them; Gov’t bears responsibility for agenda”
Klaus Iohannis stated that every time he participates in the Government meetings, he will also preside such meetings, but the responsibility and decision for the topics included with the agenda will belong to the Executive only, namely to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.
“In order to avoid any interpretations or expectations that have no constitutional grounds I want to underscore that, every time when I participate in a Government meeting, I will also president that meeting. However, the decision and responsibility for the items on the agenda will belong exclusively to the Government, namely to namely to the Prime Minister,” stated the head of the state in the beginning of the Government meeting.
PM Dancila: Cooperation PM-President, necessary for the rotating presidency of the Council of EU to prove Romania is ready
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that a cooperation between the Prime Minister and the President is necessary, since the time when Romania will be holding the rotating presidency of the Council of EU represents an opportunity to prove Romania is ready, as the European institutions already emphasized.
“In what concerns defence, foreign affairs and public order, these are your prerogatives, according to the Constitutions, it is your duty to participate when these things are discusses. Related to our cooperation during our mandate at the presidency of the Council of EU, I said it from the very beginning and I am repeating this now, this cooperation is necessary, for we need consensus, given that the presidency of the Council of EU is also a challenge and an opportunity to prove Romania is ready, as the European institutions already emphasized,” stated Viorica Dancila on Thursday, in the opening of the Government meeting presided by President Klaus Iohannis.
PM Dancila: Gov’t meeting – in two stages; one on defence, public order, foreign policy, another on economy
The Thursday meeting of the Government will be held in two stages, one on defense, public order and foreign policy, and one on normative acts in the economic field, the PM announced
“Today’s session will take place in two stages, a first stage in which we will refer to the three areas, defense, public order and foreign policy, and the second stage that includes the normative acts related to the economic field,” said Viorica Dancila, on Thursday, in the debates of the Government meeting chaired by President Klaus Iohannis.
The Premier about fiscal measures announced by FinMin: Gov’t won’t give up this Ordinance
The Government won’t give up this Ordinance announced by the Minister of Finance, but we are going to adopt it after a discussions with the Economic and Social Committee, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated on Thursday, at the Parliament Palace.
“We won’t give up this Ordinance, today we are having the CES (the meeting of the Economic and Social Committee) and we are going to discuss there with the employers’ unions, trade unions the representatives of the CES. If we are going to have this talk at the CES, we adopt this Ordinance,” specified Dancila.
With respect to the criticism triggered by the Ordinance that had to do with the introduction of new taxes, in the context in which she had previously promised this won’t happen, the Prime Minister claimed that all the provisions of the normative act are “for the citizens” and they are going to bring “benefits.”
She spoke about the provisions meant for the banking environment.
“I will take just one example, for I saw it was tackled the most in the public space, namely the one referring to the banks. What interests me very much is that the citizens who have a loan with a bank won’t have such high interests rates, what I’m interested in is to help the citizens, for we are a left-wing Government and I believe that we need to take these measures,” explained Dancila.