In a joint session on Monday, Parliament’s standing bureaus decided that the ministers-designate of the Orban Cabinet will be heard for confirmation on Tuesday and Wednesday, while next Monday a joint plenary session will be held in which to vote on the new cabinet.
“It was adopted by consensus that the hearings of the candidates for the positions of ministers be scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, from 09:00hrs until evening. It was also unanimously decided that next Monday at 14:00hrs Parliament will convene in a plenary meeting to vote the new government into office,” said Senate President Teodor Melescanu, at the end of the sitting of the joint session of the standing bureaus.
Premier-designate Ludovic Orban’s proposal that the confirmation hearings take place on Tuesday and the vote on Wednesday did not garner the required number of votes.
Melescanu pointed out that four years from the Colectiv tragedy will be commemorated on Wednesday and “maybe it’s not the best day for Parliament’s activity.”
Prior to that, Ludovic Orban had pointed out that the parties that have said they will back the government hold a total of 225 votes and there are promises that a further 9 MPs will vote. Likewise, Orban said talks are ongoing with another 20 MPs in order to convince them to vote.
PM designate: I requested proposed ministers go to ministries to find out concrete situation
Prime Minister designate, Ludovic Orban, stated, on Monday, that the proposed ministers are ready for the hearings in the parliamentary committees, mentioning that he requested they go to their ministries to demand for information regarding concrete situation in each domain and organize ample consultations with civil society.
He said that it is the obligation of each clerk to make available for the minister-designate the public information necessary to fundament positions.
“From the moment of presenting the Government list, I announced publicly that each minister candidate has a path to follow. Surely they are prepared, because they are people who know the issues in the system, know the true state and have solutions prepared and ready to be applied. Moreover, I requested and almost all ministers did this – go to the ministries and in connection with the Secretary General, especially, with the clerks, find out the concrete situation, information that was not public until now, so that they know what additional priorities may appear due to the current situation,” Orban mentioned, when asked at Parliament if the ministers proposed are ready for the hearings in the select committees.
According to the chair of the National Liberal Party (PNL), the candidates for the position of minister will also organize an “ample” consultation of civil society and experts in the domain they are nominated for,” in order to fundament any decision, any point of view” expressed, following consultations with civil society – owners’ associations, trade unions, professional association, “so that it will be very clearly known that the PNL Government is (…) open to dialogue”.
Orban mentioned that in some ministries the clerks were very open to provide the necessary data, and in others less so.
PNL-ALDE agreement to back Orban Gov’t
The National Liberal Party (PNL) one-colour government, the amendment of the Justice legislation only through parliamentary debate and the prohibition of migration of parliamentarians, local elected and party members from one party to another are some of the objectives of the PNL-ALDE (the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats) agreement, depending on which the ALDE will support the Orban Cabinet investiture.
Other points in the agreement refer to maintaining the flat tax, restructuring the current form of the Government, supporting the election of mayors in two rounds and returning to the election of the presidents of the county councils by indirect vote, urgently correcting the provisions of Emergency Ordinance 114/2018, continuing investments in the energy field, the stock exchange listing of the Hidroelectrica Company, achieving a clear, complete picture of large investment projects, adopting in Parliament a legislation on lobbying based on the European model, laying the foundations of an investment fund according to the successful models of other European countries.
Pambuccian: Group of national minorities to support in its entirety Orban Government investiture
The leader of the parliamentary group of national minorities (others than the Hungarian minority) Varujan Pambuccian, announced on Monday that this group’s representatives fully support the Orban Government’s investiture and said he proposed to the prime minister-designate for the Secretary General of the Government to hold the rank of minister.
“We had a second discussion with Mr. Chairman Ludovic Orban, along the same lines as the first discussion. As I have said, our parliamentary group, unlike what we have got you accustomed so far, will support in its entirety the investiture of this government and, as I told Mr. Orban, after the investiture, we will discuss point-by-point on the bills that also affect us or in which we are very interested or are of general interest and we have a different point of view. (…) I hope the government is invested on Monday,” Pambuccian said after meeting with the prime minister-designate, Ludovic Orban.
Pambuccian showed that all the parliamentarians of the group will be present at the investiture vote.
He went on to say he wishes the new government ensure a stable year ahead of the local and parliamentary elections, and said that he proposed to the prime minister-designate that the secretary general of the government should be minister.
“We did not have specific conditions for this matter. I only made a suggestion to him related to the structure of the government, but here we will leave it to Mr Orban to decide. (…) It is a rational proposal, that the Secretary General should have rank of minister. We are not talking about an additional ministry, the General Secretariat of the Government exists anyway, the Secretary General of the Government participates in the meetings of the government in any case. He/she should have the rank of minister, because in this case, the array from which Mr chairman can choose is a larger one, that is to say, it can also be from among the members of Parliament,” added Pambuccian.