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PM Dancila: In Monday’s National Executive Committee we will discuss about reshuffle

The Social-Democrats’ President Viorica Dancila announced that several issues will be addressed within the National Executive Committee (CExN) of the PSD, which will take place on Monday, including the government reshuffle.

“We will have more topics on the agenda of the Executive Committee on Monday. We will discuss the reshuffle, we will also discuss the mobilization for the presidential elections, the analyses we are conducting in the territory, the travel programme we have in the next period. There will be more subjects on the agenda. Once again, I would like to point out that it is normal for these decisions to be taken together in the statutory forum and then to go public with them,” the prime minister told journalists  on Friday at the Embassy of France as she participated at the reception to mark July 14..

Asked if she will negotiate with President Klaus Iohannis on the issue of the reshuffle, Dancila said: “Of course I have to tell the President that I am carrying out the reshuffle, that I am coming with the people I have reshuffled and with proposals for new people.”

“I said that I will carry out a reshuffle, I did not talk about people. I think we need to have a discussion here in the party, I have very good relations with all the Cabinet ministers,” added the PSD leader.

Viorica Dancila mentioned that the decision on the party candidate at the presidential elections will also be made in the CExN.

“I think that such decisions have to be made in CExN, because beyond surveys, beyond the percentages we have one or the other, we must have the support of the organizations in the territory. Every support is important and every candidate must feel they are backed by the organizations in all counties. (…) It is not an easy struggle, especially on the part of the PSD, given the results of the elections to the European Parliament and everything that has happened afterwards. So I think we need to have a practical discussion within the party and when we leave the statutory forum we will have a joint decision established by the vote of the members,” the prime minister said.


“As long as there are some legal issues regarding Kovesi, endorsement  for European chief prosecutor is not appropriate”


Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Friday that as long as there are some legal issues regarding the person of the former National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) head Laura Codruta Kovesi, it is not appropriate to support her as European chief prosecutor, but stressed that this is her personal opinion, and a decision will be made in the Social Democratic Party (PSD)’s statutory fora.

“My personal opinion is that everybody needs to clarify certain things when they apply for a position and this would also benefit her [Laura Coduta Kovesi, ed.n.]. As long as there are certain legal issues related to her person, I, for one, do not think an endorsement is appropriate. But this is what we will establish in the statutory fora, from the point of view of the party. This is my opinion and I am consistent with the opinions that I have. (…) I said it every time that when one accedes to a certain position, that a person should not have any questions marks about his/her work. And that is what I think in relation to all people, not necessarily Mrs. Kovesi. Mrs. Kovesi was revoked during a minister who was part of the government I lead and I back what I said back then,” said Dancila, present at the French Embassy at the reception of July 14.

Negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union for the appointment of the European Chief Prosecutor, a post for which the former DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi is also running, ended in April without any agreement and the dossier remains on the agenda of the future European Parliament, formed after the European elections in May.

Representatives of the European Parliament and those of the EU Council held three rounds of negotiations – on March 20, March 27 and April 4.

At the April 4 meeting, the EP negotiating team reiterated that Laura Codruta Kovesi remains the institution’s favorite candidate to become the first European Chief Prosecutor and asked the Council to reconsider its position.

For their part, EU Council negotiators reiterated the strong support for the French candidate, Jean-Francois Bohnert.

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