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March 28, 2023

Decision for Transport and Development ministerial portfolios to be made within ruling coalition and PSD CExN

A decision regarding the Transport and Development ministries will be made on Tuesday at the meeting of the National Executive Committee of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), as well as within the ruling coalition, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila who attended the 22nd ordinary session of the Association of Romanian Communes said on Monday.

“Today we have sent a letter to President Klaus Iohannis, in which we have withdrawn the proposal only for Mircea Draghici, because as you know, for Mrs. Olguta Vasilescu the proposal came from the president. There has been a long period with two portfolios lacking the titular ministers and we considered as being very important to come up with new proposals, because we cannot wait for another answer as far as Mr Mircea Draghici is concerned, because we are going beyond the interim period. We therefore have to find a solution and I believe that, beyond political games, beyond the political struggle, it is important to have titular ministers, to have the Government of Romania complete, to be able to carry out our activity here in the country, where the ministers have justified hopes but also at European level, where we have the rotating presidency. And, in connection with this, you see that we go with the engines operating at full throttle. We are a political government, we will make the decision within the framework of the alliance and especially in the National Executive Committee, which will take place tomorrow at 5 pm. After deciding on the people we are going to nominate, I will speak with the president and send the nominations to the Cotroceni presidential Palace,” the prime minister said.

Vice Chairperson of the Social Democrat Party (PSD) Doina Pana (photo) stated on Sunday, speaking about the new proposals for the leadership of the Transport Ministry and Development Ministry, that PSD is “a party with a huge human resource basis” and finding other two candidates will not be a problem. Pana says the two candidates must have a “special” experience, given that Romania holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of European Union and has to manage all the important cases. “Felix Stroe would be a good choice”, Doina Pana said, speaking of the Transport Ministry.

Doina Pana was asked on Sunday, at Antena 3, about the new PSD’s proposals for the two ministries that don’t have a holder of the minister position since three months.

“We are disappointed because two very well-prepared persons have been rejected by the President with no legal reason. All the reasons invoked by the president regarding Mrs. Olguta Vasilescu were related to the PM’s attributions. He only has to manage legality”, Pana stressed.

According to her, the two candidates that will be proposed must have a “special” experience, given that Romania is holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union and has to manage all the important cases.

Asked if Felix Stroe would be a good choice for the Transport Ministry, Pana answered: “Felix Stroe can be a very good choice. We will make a decision within CEX, after we will make a deep analysis of all the proposals. I worked with Mr. Stroe, from my point of view he would be a good choice, but fortunately we are a party with a huge human resource basis and deciding on the two candidates will not be a problem for CEX”.

The head of PSD Constanta, Felix Stroe, is one of the options taken into account for the Transport Ministry, after Mircea Draghici, one of Liviu Dragnea’s closest collaborators inside PSD, announced on Saturday that he withdraws his candidacy, political sources stated for G4Media.ro.

Mircea Draghici and Olguta Vasilescu, proposed by PSD to take over the head of the two ministries, were repeatedly refused by President Klaus Iohannis, and later they announced they withdraw their candidacy.


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