Outgoing Prime Minister Viorica Dancila regards as an abuse the fact that President Klaus Iohannis “intervened” with the President-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to stop the appointment of a Commissioner proposed by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Government.
“He committed an abuse by intervening with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to say ‘stop because my government hasn’t come yet so I can appoint my Commissioner’, which seems an unacceptable attitude on the part of the President of Romania,” said Dancila, on Sunday evening, in a talk show at private TV broadcaster Antena 3.
She stated that the President of Romania should’ve acted for the benefit of his country, not to impose his party members in certain positions at the European level.
“I therefore believe the President is moving from mistake to mistake and all of this costs us as a country. (…) He will ask Ms. President of the European Commission to wait a month, two, the entire European Commission should wait until his government passes. Such lack of responsibility and such an attitude on the part of the President of Romania is unacceptable,” said the interim Prime Minister.
Viorica Dancila added that after the motion she did not speak with Ursula von der Leyen, but that she will do so in the course of next week.
“I believe that the President of the European Commission must respect the law. So long as we have a socialist government, even if it is ad interim, it should give the proposal for the next Commissioner. So the President of Romania cannot make the proposal for Commissioner, the Prime Minister designate cannot make the proposal for Commissioner. (…) I expect this week to have a discussion regarding the appointment of the Commissioner from Romania,” Dancila said.
The interim Prime Minister recalled that she made two proposals for the position of Commissioner, Rovana Plumb and Dan Nica, the latter being still valid.
Head of State intervenes in the appointment of Romania’s European Commissioner: We need an upright person, perhaps a lady
President Klaus Iohannis announced on Friday, at Brussels, that he will get involved in appointing Romania’s European Commissioner, also taking into account Ursula von der Leyen’s request to speed up these proceedings. The President also outlined the profile of the person who should be appointed by Romania: “an upright person, who has the required knowledge for holding the European Commissioner position, a person who would be able to represent Romania somehow, at the Commission, in a positive way, for sure”. The head of state added that the elected President of the European Commission told him that she would prefer “a lady” for this position.
“We met, we talked about the appointment of the European Commissioner. The elected President, Lady Ursula von der Leyen, is very concerned for the situation that occurred. We have an interim Government that will not nominate a commissioner. The Commission is in a hurry, even if a postponement is established up to December 1, which is not because of us, but the situation is complicated”, President Iohannis stated.
“When I’ll be back in Romania, I’ll start a few talks in order to find solutions”, Iohannis added.
President Klaus Iohannis also outlined the profile of the person who should be appointed by Romania as a European Commissioner.
“Obviously, we need an upright person, who has the required knowledge for holding the European Commissioner, a person who would be able to represent Romania somehow, at the Commission, in a positive way, for sure. We have competent people, we have professionals, let’s select them and send them to Brussels. Also during the discussion that we had yesterday, the elected President, Lady Ursula von der Leyen, underlined that she would very much like Romania to appoint a lady as the Commissioner for Transport. We haven’t talked about names”, Klaus Iohannis stated in Brussels.
The elected President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, recently confirmed the rejection of Dan Nica, the second proposal made by Romania for the European Commissioner position, after Rovana Plumb was also rejected.