President Klaus Iohannis announced on Wednesday that he has sent to the Social Democratic Party (PSD) the written substantiation of his decision to reject the three nominated ministers – Eugen Nicolicea, Oana Florea and Liviu Brailoiu –, pointing out that the reasons had to do with poor governance and the judiciary, stating that the latter is under the assault of the Social Democrats.
“Before the holy Easter holidays, the Social Democrats proposed a Government reshuffle. Not in order to make the governance better, don’t harbour illusions. The gangs fought each other there, within the PSD, and they came up with three nominations. The persons nominated: Nicolicea, Florea and Brailoiu,” President Klaus Iohannis stated.
He reminded that he publicly stated he disagrees with the reshuffle, “because it brings nothing new, it brings nothing good, and it is not done to govern better.”
“Today I have given the Social Democrats my written refusal too, for them to better understand that I disagree with this Government reshuffle. So far in my speech, two topics clearly stand out: the judiciary, which is under the PSD’s attack, and the poor governance which is trying, via emergency ordinances, to give the impression that it is working for the Romanians, but in fact this avalanche of emergency ordinances seek to cover up the lack of solutions. The Social Democrats do not have solutions for Romania,” the Head of State concluded.
During a press conference on Wednesday, President Klaus Iohannis accused the PSD of working for two and a half years so that party leader Liviu Dragnea would evade justice, pointing out that the Social Democrats have produced the weakest Government since the Revolution.
“The PSD has produced the weakest Government since the Revolution. No highways, no hospitals, only promises, and no achievements. Apart from the amendments to the judicial laws, the amendments to the Criminal Codes, they worked a lot but poorly. The rhetorical question is why did the Social Democrats work so much and so intensely to take control of the judiciary, to bend the judicial laws? The answer is known, well-known and clear: to save Dragnea from the judiciary, this is what the PSD has been working on for two and a half years,” Klaus Iohannis stated at the Cotroceni Palace.
The Head of State accused the PSD that they are not concerned with the Romanians’ problems.
“Because, of course, for the PSD it is far more important for Dragnea to fare well than it is for Romania and the Romanians to fare well and, of course, since Dragnea and others have real problems with the judiciary, in Europe nobody is talking to them anymore. And since Dragnea is not talking to Europe, the PSD believes that Romania should no longer be close to the European Union either. The PSD is concerned with Dragnea’s problems, not with the problems of Romania or the Romanians,” Iohannis added.
On April 17, Premier Viorica Dancila sent to President Klaus Iohannis her nominations for the helms of the Justice Ministry, European Grants Ministry and Romanian Diaspora Ministry. House lawmaker Eugen Nicolicea was nominated as Justice Minister, House lawmaker Oana Florea was nominated as European Grants Minister, and Senator Liviu Brailoiu was nominated as Romanian Diaspora Minister.
On April 23, President Klaus Iohannis announced his decision to reject the three nominations, arguing that, in his opinion, the Government reshuffle proposed by the PSD “is a sort of prank.”
Dancila: I’ve tried to talk with the President about the ministers, but I haven’t been able to
Prior to the President’s statement, Premier Viorica Dancila stated on Wednesday that she tried to talk with President Klaus Iohannis about the substantiation of the decision to reject the nominated ministers, but she was not able to do so because the Head of State was unavailable. “He had a book signing event on painted stairs,” the Prime Minister said.
Asked whether she was able to talk with the President about the substantiation of the decision to reject the nominated ministers, Viorica Dancila said that she tried to but was unable to do so.
“I tried to have a discussion with Mr Iohannis, I keep my word. I tried on Monday, but the President was in Brussels; I tried yesterday (Tuesday – editor’s note), but the President was at his book signing event. I hope and I ask the President to issue the substantiation, because it is his duty, it is his duty as President of Romania. I believe it’s a good thing that he was at a book signing event, that’s very good, but I believe that everything that pertains to this country, from an institutional standpoint, whether we talk about the President, the Parliament, or the Government, must be a priority for us, and the fact that you are trying to block the Government, that’s not something that would bring added value,” the Premier said.
Asked whether she phoned the President and he did not answer the call, the Premier pointed out that she phoned the Presidential Administration.
“I have phoned the Presidential Administration and they told me that the President is in Brussels on Monday and the President will be at a book signing event in Ploiesti, on painted stairs, on Tuesday,” Dancila said.
The marble steps outside the Trade Unions’ Cultural Hall in Ploiesti, where President Klaus Iohannis was expected to take part in a book signing event, were painted on Tuesday. Many Facebook comments addressed the fact that paint was used on marble.
At the end of April, ahead of the elections campaign, President Klaus Iohannis stated that he disagrees with the reshuffle and asked Premier Viorica Dancila to come up with different nominations or with acting ministers, bearing in mind that he considers the current nominations to be unsuitable.
The proposed reshuffle consisted of: Eugen Nicolicea replacing Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, Oana Florea replacing European Grants Minister Rovana Plumb, Liviu Brailoiu replacing Romanian Diaspora Minister Natalia Intotero.
Natalia Intotero and Rovana Plumb resigned in order to run in the European Parliament elections. In Tudorel Toader’s case, the PSD decided to withdraw their political support for him.
Dancila: President’s refusal should have been based on legality, not opportuneness which belongs to premier
President Iohannis’s refusal should have been based on legality, not opportuneness, which belongs to the prime minister, premier Viorica Dancila said on Wednesday after the head of the state announced that he had sent the Social Democratic Party (PSD) in writing his refusal on the proposals for the leadership of the Ministries of Justice, European Funds and Romanians Abroad.
“I have seen the statements of Mr Iohannis. I have received the refusal. As I was expecting, the refusal is based on opportuneness, and the opportuneness belongs to the Prime Minister, and not on legality. I believe that he needs to understand that we each have certain duties and that we must fit within these duties. We as leaders (…) must be an example to others and respect the law, so I believe that this motivation should have relied on legality and not opportuneness. The opportuneness, I repeat, should have belonged to be the Prime Minister, who assumes the good functioning of the Government and, of course, the implications this entails,” said Viorica Dancila, on a visit to Prahova County.
The prime minister remarked that the president “put the Government of Romania back into a corner.”
“I saw that Mr. president has not missed the opportunity to put the Government of Romania back into a corner again. I was expecting objectivity on behalf of Mr. president and for him to say that he is glad that Romania has a 5 percent increase in the first quarter of this year – things that are obvious. And I think that we could thus have a good country image. And I believe we should have firstly thought of this and only afterwards about the personal or electoral benefits, and I think that this approach would be beneficial in the first place for Romania and for Romanians,” added Viorica Dancila.
How Iohannis substantiated his refusal to appoint the three ministers nominated by Dancila
The Head of State has sent Premier Dancila three letters in which he substantiates his decision to reject the appointment of each of the three nominated ministers.
On Wednesday, President Klaus Iohannis announced that he has sent the PSD the written substantiation of his decision to reject the three nominated ministers – Eugen Nicolicea, Oana Florea and Liviu Brailoiu –, pointing out that it had to do with poor governance and the judiciary, stating that the latter is under the assault of the PSD.
The letters point out that none of the ministers nominated by the PSD has the experience required to manage the complex fields at whose helms they were nominated.
Thus, President Klaus Iohannis rejected Eugen Nicolicea, nominated as Justice Minister, Tit-Liviu Brailoiu, nominated as Romanian Diaspora Minister, and Oana-Consuela Florea, nominated as European Grants Minister.
“Consequently, in line with the provision of Article 85, Paragraph (2), of the Constitution, and considering the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court, you will next forward a different nomination for the office of minister, one that, aside from observing the legal conditions, should necessarily respond to the requirements relating to overall training, training in the speciality of the field, relevant experience, training and skills for the public office, undented reputation and morality,” read the letters forwarded to Premier Viorica Dancila.
The Premier nominated Eugen Nicolicea as Justice Minister after the office was vacated as a result of Tudorel Toader’s resignation. Tit-Liviu Brailoiu was nominated as Romanian Diaspora Minister after the office was vacated as a result of Mrs Natalia-Elena Intotero’s resignation. Oana-Consuela Florea was nominated European Grants Minister after the office was vacated as a result of Rovana Plumb’s resignation.
PSD: Iohannis cannot tell difference between Romanians’ success and his electoral interest
The Social Democratic Party (PSD) claims that President Klaus Iohannis is trying “falsely” to induce the idea that there are two kinds of Romanians: some who would support and some who would not support the anti-corruption fight, adding that the head of state cannot tell the difference between the success of the Romanians and his electoral interest.
“Iohannis cannot tell the difference between the success of the Romanians and his electoral interest. The very day the INS [National Institute of Statistics, ed.n.] officially announces that Romania has the second-largest economic growth in Europe, of 5pct, Iohannis claims that the PSD government wouldn’t have done anything well. President Iohannis also forgets or ignores the fact that PSD has publicly expressed its support for the referendum. He is falsely trying to induce the idea that there are two kinds of Romanians: some who would support and some who would not support the anti-corruption fight. In fact, all Romanians agree with the anti-corruption fight, as long as fundamental human rights are respected,” reads a PSD release issued on Wednesday.
According to the Social-Democrats, “the real news of the day is that Romania manages to achieve an economic growth three times higher than the European Union’s average.”