The members of the Government headed by Ludovic Orban on Monday took the oath of office at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace before President Klaus Iohannis.
Iohannis signed the decree for the appointment of the Romanian Government on Monday, in the following composition: Prime Minister – Ludovic Orban; Deputy Prime Minister – Raluca Turcan; Minister of Public Finance – Vasile-Florin Citu; Minister of Internal Affairs – Marcel Ion Vela; Minister of Foreign Affairs – Bogdan-Lucian Aurescu; Minister of Justice – Marian Catalin Predoiu; Minister of National Defence – Ionel Nicolae Ciuca; Minister of Economy, Energy and Business Environment – Virgil-Daniel Popescu; Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications – Lucian Nicolae Bode; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development – Nechita-Adrian Oros; Minister of the Environment, Waters and Forests – Costel Alexe; Minister of Public Works, Development and Administration – Ion Stefan; Minister of European Funds – Ioan Marcel Bolos; Minister of Health – Victor Sebastian Costache; Minister of Education and Research – Cristina Monica Anisie; Minister of Culture – Bogdan Gheorghiu, Minister of Youth and Sports – Marian Ionut Stroe, Minister of Labour and Social Protection – Victoria Violeta Alexandru.
President Iohannis to Orban Gov’t: I wish you a successful mandate, even if it isn’t a full one
President Klaus Iohannis on Monday wished the Orban Government “a successful mandate.”
“Mr PM Ludovic Orban, congratulations to you and your entire governmental team. I wish you a successful mandate, even if, unfortunately, it isn’t a full one of four years, but a shorter one, which is exactly why it will be a more difficult one,” said the head of the state at the investiture ceremony of the Orban Cabinet.
He congratulated the Liberals for the investiture vote in Parliament of the Orban Cabinet.
“You succeeded to convince the opposition parties that together you have a new majority in the Romanian Parliament, which replaces the toxic majority of the PSD (Social Democratic Party) and you managed to convince enough MPs to vote for the motion of censure, which toppled this failed government of the PSD, and you also succeeded today to convince the opposition parties and other MPs to vote alongside PNL for the Ludovic Orban Government. This is a great achievement and I want to underscore that what happened today is an authentic democratic exercise; a government was removed and a new government got invested by a new parliamentary majority,” said Iohannis.
He congratulated the MPs who voted alongside PNL today.
I expect the new Gov’t to solve some very urgent matters: budgetary execution to resume discussions on the justice laws and to continue the anti-corruption fight
Iohannis also stated that he expects the new Government to solve some very urgent matters, such as the budgetary execution, the budget draft, to resume discussions on the justice laws and to continue the anti-corruption fight.
“Mr. PM, dear members of the government, you will have a relatively short term in office, but I can say already this evening that I expect this new government to solve some very urgent matters: namely to close the budget for 2019, to prepare the budget for 2020, to resume discussions on the justice laws, in order to repair the damage that the PSD (Social Democratic Party) made in the justice field. We also must encourage the anti-corruption fight again, we must prepare and put into practice the elections of a very transparent, fair, efficient manner. We also need very, very much involvement on your part,” Iohannis said at the investiture ceremony of the members of the Orban Cabinet.
He pointed out that the upcoming elections must be “very well prepared.”
“I want to point out that this is an important victory, a great victory, but still only a stage victory. We have elections in front of us, which are extremely important for Romania, the presidential elections, and then the local elections and maybe even parliamentary elections, and I mean here the possibility of snap polls. All these need to be prepared very well in logistic terms, in political terms, to give Romanians the chance to choose the best option,” said Iohannis.
The head of the state wished the new Executive to find the necessary support in Parliament.
“This is a new mandate you are starting, a tough one, but one which can bring a lot of satisfaction for the parties involved and for the Romanians. Even if this is a one-colour minority government, I wish you to find the support you need in the Romanian Parliament, to put your projects into practice and, very important, to end the disaster the PSD government left us with. I am already afraid of what the new ministers will find in the ministries,” said Iohannis.
He labeled again the PSD government as “toxic.”
“This is the end of the PSD government that lasted almost 3 years, with all its different versions. They were all toxic governments for the Romanians, for Romania, governments who did a lot of damage and blocked very many projects of Romania. It is good that we end this phase today and we have the chance to have a government that I hope will have the support of Parliament to start rebuilding and bringing Romania back on track. I said this before and I say it again: Romania could have been in a far better situation right now; Romania could have had more motorways, more schools, more hospitals and more projects funded with European funds, more projects for the Romanians. In the past 30 years, Romania did not develop more and better because of the PSD and this is not a secret and I say this directly. This change that happened today is the result of an effort that cost us a lot during the past 3 years, and together with the opposition we finally succeeded. However, we must be aware that this success was triggered by the people’s will,” said Iohannis.
PM Orban tells President Iohannis he’s got a partner in his Gov’t
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban has told President Iohannis on Monday that, starting today, he has a “trusted” partner in the Romanian Government.
“Starting today, you have a partner in the Government of Romania, a trusted partner who is ready to join your efforts to put into practice the vision of Romania’s development, to carry out the programmes and projects that can bring Romania back on the right track,” Orban said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, where the new Cabinet was sworn into office.
“They are MPs from the USR (Save Romania Union), PMP (people’s Movement Party), UDMR (Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania), ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats) and other minorities, even Pro Romania, non-affiliated and some even from the PSD. You, who voted for the investiture of the Orban Government, what you did was wise. You understood very well that you need to leave aside the petty political arrangements in a time when Romania is facing a governmental crisis. You had the wisdom to vote for this new government to put an end to the crisis and give Romania a real chance to go further. Congratulations and my appreciation for all those who voted today for the investiture of the Orban Government!,” said Iohannis.
Iohannis, PM Orban and the new ministers hold informal meeting at Victoria Palace
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, President Klaus Iohannis and the members of the newly invested Cabinet have arrived at the Victoria Palace on Monday evening, after the investiture ceremony.
The Ludovic Orban Government received 240 votes in its favour at the plenary sitting of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, which helped it pass Parliament.
Attending the first government meeting alongside PM Ludovic Orban are Deputy PM Raluca Turcan and all the 16 ministers of the new Government, namely: the Minister of Public Finance – Vasile-Florin Citu, the Minister of Interior – Marcel Ion Vela, the Minister of Foreign Affairs – Bogdan-Lucian Aurescu, the Minister of Justice – Marian Catalin Predoiu, the Minister of National Defence – Ionel Nicolae Ciuca, the Minister of Economy, Energy and Business Environment – Virgil-Daniel Popescu, the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications – Lucian Nicolae Bode, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development – Nechita-Adrian Oros, the Minister of Environment, waters and Forests – Costel Alexe, the Minister of Public Works, Development and Administration – Ion Stefan, Minister of European Funds – Ioan Marcel Bolos, Minister of Health – Victor Sebastian Costache, Minister of Education and Research – Cristina Monica Anisie, Minister of Culture – Bogdan Gheorghiu, Minister of Youth and Sports – Marian Ionut Stroe, Minister of Labour and Social Protection – Victoria Violeta Alexandru.