Parliament will convene on Thursday at 16:00hrs for a confidence vote of the Citu Government, according to a joint decision on Monday of Parliament’s Standing Bureaus.
On February 28, Prime Minister-designate Florin Citu submitted to Parliament a list of his cabinet members and a government programme. The only change in the composition of the Citu Government compared to the previous one, of Ludovic Orban, is Lucian Heius, picked to head the Finance Ministry.
The ministerial choices were heard last week by the specialist parliamentary committees, with nine of them receiving positive opinion, and the other seven being negative opinions from the lawmakers on the committees. The opinion of the committees is advisory.
According to the Regulations, the programme and the list of the government members are debated by the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate in a joint sitting.
Parliament vests government with confidence by the vote of the majority of the lawmakers. The vote is secret.
Interim PM Orban: Ministers who received negative opinion won’t be changed under any circumstance
Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and Interim Prime Minister Ludovic Orban has said on Monday that the ministers of the Citu Cabinet who received negative opinions in the parliamentary committees won’t be changed in the Government “under any circumstance.”
He was asked whether he takes into account the change of the ministers of the Citu Government who received a negative opinion in the parliamentary committees, in the context in which this thing was requested by the heads of the two Chambers of Parliament.
“Under no circumstance. The ministers of the Government I lead and the ministers proposed by Prime Minister-designate Florin Citu are serious ministers, competent ministers, who did their job and whose assessment cannot be made by the PSD [the Social Democratic Party] majority in the committees who issue votes according to the party orders and not according to the objective assessment of their competencies and qualities,” Orban said.
He argued that each minister has done his/her duty.
The heads of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate asked Prime Minister-designate Florin Citu on Monday to withdraw the proposed ministers who received a negative opinion at the hearings of the specialised committees.