President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday urged the members of the government to have less arguing and more dialogue, less political passion and more responsibility, less pride and more co-operation, saying that the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic should be their utmost priory.
“The governing coalition went through a difficult time. Any alliance in which several political forces work together faces such challenges. We must not treat this episode as anything other than a situation in which the coalition and the government had to deal with a challenge, and the response, beyond some less inspired statements, was a good one. Coalition leaders have shown maturity and responsibility and I am confident that they will continue to remain equally united. Dialogue was the key to breaking the deadlock in a balanced way. That was and should remain the most important objective of all the decision makers,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He added that now is not the time to intensify political disputes or pride on any side.
“The vote received from the citizens just a few months ago compels us all to act mature and responsible. In any democratic party, especially in a governing coalition, there are differences of vision and effervescent debates on how to approach issues. That is not only natural, but it is desirable, because only through clashes of ideas can the most correct and effective solutions for people be found,” said the head of state.
The president mentioned that the differences in approaches must never deviate from the essential objective – the protection of the citizen.
“I am urging the government to less arguing and more dialogue, less political passion and more responsibility, less pride and more co-operation. In short, I am urging them to prioritise the citizen’s agenda. Only this way can the members of the government sit at the same table regardless of initial opinions, in order to find the best solutions that meet the expectations of Romanians. People want politicians who get involved and who take on projects, who do not seek excuses, who do not always blame others and victimise themselves. The ministers’ mission is to solve crises, at the same time with preparing important reforms, and avoid new crises,” Iohannis also said.
He pointed out that the current majority is the best option for Romania.
“We have an obligation to find together ways to deliver on the promised reforms. Those reforms must never be abandoned, no matter who holds one portfolio or another: state reform, strengthening health and education systems, restarting the economy under projects that create new jobs especially for those affected by the pandemic, investment in major public projects. All these are the big issues around which the government should coalesce. Only this way can we build Romania following this great crisis generated by the pandemic,” Iohannis added.
I am very glad modus vivendi has been found in the coalition
President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday he was “very glad” that a “modus vivendi” had been reached within the governing coalition.
That statement was made at Cotroceni Palace at investiture ceremony of new Health Minister Ioana Mihaila.
“You are taking over a very complicated ministry today (…) in an extremely difficult period, of pandemic. I wish you strength to work hard, a lot of success, I want you to integrate in the government team and I think it is a good time to say that I am very happy that a modus vivendi has been found in the coalition that gives us all hope that things will go even better from now on. In this sense, I also want the Government to find a very good collaboration between the members of the Government and, in this special case, to support the new colleague, Mrs. Mihaila, because she will have a lot of problems to solve,” said Iohannis.
The head of state also wished the governing coalition “great success” in the vaccination campaign.
And to end this unfortunate, pandemic stage with remarkably good results. I very much hope that, through a successful vaccination campaign, we will be able to get out of the pandemic by summer,” Iohannis added.
Compiled from Agerpres