Prime Minister Florin Citu fired Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu on Wednesday announcing that Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna will be the acting health minister.
At the same time, Citu fired Andreea Moldovan as senior official with the Health Ministry.
“Today, April 14, I submitted to President Klaus Iohannis the papers to relieve Mr Vlad Voiculescu of his official duties as health minister. The acting ministership will be provided by Mr Dan Barna until the appointment of a new full minister at the head of the Ministry of Health. At the same time, I decided to dismiss Andreea Moldovan from her senior position at the Ministry of Health, and the decision will be published in the Official Journal today,” Citu announced on Wednesday in a memo to the government.
Citu: To make sure that trust in state institutions remains, I decided modification at top of Health Ministry
Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Wednesday that he had revoked Vlad Voiculescu from the post of Minister of Health to ensure that “trust in state institutions remains.”
“In order to make sure that the trust in the state institutions remains, today I decided to make a change at the top of the Ministry of Health,” Florin Citu said at the Victoria Governmental Palace.
Decree on removal of Vlad Voiculescu from Minister of Health office signed by President Iohannis
President Klaus KIohannis on Wednesday signed the decree on the removal of Vlad Voiculescu from the office of Minister of Health, the Presidential Administration reports.
Mosteanu (USR PLUS): Dismissal of Vlad Voiculescu, PM’s act of aggression within the coalition
The leader of Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity Alliance (USR PLUS) deputies, Ionut Mosteanu, declared on Wednesday that, from his point of view, the dismissal of the Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu represents an “act of aggression” by the prime minister within the coalition.
“This discussion of changing the calculation methodology and the recommendations for the quarantine of localities is a discussion that has been going on for a month and the specialists have discussed it and it has reached a finality and all that order contains, to be very clear, recommendations for the local authorities. (…) It does not seem to me a reason to dismiss the health minister. Minister Voiculescu has the support of the party, of USR PLUS, a support that we reconfirmed and, from my point of view, it is an act of aggression by the prime minister in this coalition,” Mosteanu told Digi 24.
He said the prime minister’s decision was not justified, especially in the context of a coalition’s talks on Monday.
He mentioned that a discussion would take place at the level of the alliance leadership forums, in order to establish the next steps.
Ciolos: Manner in which PM dismissed Voiculescu is unacceptable
PLUS (Freedom, Unity, Solidarity Party) leader Dacian Ciolos labeled as “absolutely unacceptable” the manner in which PM Citu removed Vlad Voiculescu from the office of Minister of Health without consulting with the USR (Save Romania Union) PLUS Alliance and the Coalition.
“The manner in which PM Citu did this, by submitting to President Klaus Iohannis the request to have Vlad Voiculescu removed, without consulting the leadership of the USR PLUS Alliance or the Coalition is absolutely unacceptable. Unfortunately, I am recovering these days after a medical condition and I cannot intervene publicly, but I will have a meeting immediately with the leadership of the USR PLUS Alliance and we will decide together what to do next. Dragos Tudorache, the Executive President of PLUS, will publicly express our point of view in relation to this matter in the following hours,” the leader of PLUS wrote on Facebook.
Kelemen Hunor: Coalition must go on; I see no reasons for another government formula
The coalition must go on, because it has assumed responsibility for the whole country, Deputy Prime Minister Kelemen Hunor, leader of Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), told AGERPRES on Wednesday.
“It is the decision and the competence, the exclusive constitutional attribute of the prime minister. It is not commented, but announced and applied. So, from this point of view, I would not want to make too many comments. Of course, there were many reasons and many moments that led to this decision by the prime minister. The coalition must move on, because we have taken responsibility for the whole country. I see no reason for another formula of government, and the coalition has not been formed for one man, it has not been formed for a single party. The government is based on a coalition agreement, a governing program and some big goals, important for the country. So we are waiting for the nomination of a new minister,” the deputy PM said.
PSD drops simple motion against Voiculescu after PM fires him
Social Democratic Praty (PSD) floor leader in the Chamber of Deputies Alfred Simonis said told a plenary session on Wednesday of the Chamber of Deputies that the party was dropping its simple motion filed against Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu, because the motion produced its effects and the minister was dismissed.
“I am pleased to announce that the simple motion tabled by PSD against Minister Voiculescu has produced its effects. Mr Vlad Voiculescu is now the former health minister. I will therefore ask the Standing Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies to drop it from the agenda. The motion produced its effects as the minister was fired, so it has no purpose,” Simonis said.
Meeting chairman Laurentiu Leoreanu of the National Liberal Party (PNL) argued that the motion could not produce its effects as it had not been considered.
On Monday, PSD tabled a simple motion called “For Romanians to live, Vlad Voiculescu must leave,” which was to be taken up and voted on next week.
PSD’s Ciolacu: Removal of Voiculescu comes too late
PSD (Social Democratic Party) leader Marcel Ciolacu said on Wednesday that the removal of Vlad Voiculescu from the office of Minister of Health comes “much too late for many Romanians who lost their lives or destroyed their health.”
“We had 4 months in which hospitals burned down, in which the people who died of COVID were mocked, in which the seriously ill were evacuated from the hospital in the middle of the night, in which patients who could have lived for many more days died due to misfunctioning oxygen facilities, 4 months in which Iohannis remained silent, and Citu and the entire Coalition of Austerity protected this catastrophic minister! PNL (National Liberal Party), USR (Save Romania Union) and UDMR (Democratic Union of Hungarians of Romania) must never again dare to bring such calamities as Voiculescu or Tataru at the Ministry of Health. It’s time to bring in a professional who knows what to do in this health crisis,” Ciolacu wrote on Facebook.
Tarziu (AUR) : We are glad that our efforts begin to bear fruit
Senator Claudiu Tarziu, Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR) co-chair, expressed his joy over the revocation of Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu and of the Secretary of State Andreea Moldovan, but mentioned that the head of the Emergencies Department (DSU), Raed Arafat, should have also been dismissed.
“We are glad that AUR’s efforts, the only opposition party, are beginning to bear fruit. We are not entirely satisfied, as the dismissal or resignation of Mr Raed Arafat, who is equally guilty of aberrant measures, not only in recent months, but in the last year, was also mandatory. More than that, we suspect the Secretary of State, head of DSU, of intention to undermine the national economy, as all the measures dictated by him, as commander of the operation, have led to an economic disaster,” Tarziu told a Wednesday’s press conference.
Compiled from Agerpres