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Alexandru Nazare dismissed as Finance Minister; PM Citu appointed interim minister. Iohannis: Prime minister has right to change the team when he thinks things can go better

President Klaus Iohannis signed on Thursday the decree on the revocation of Alexandru Nazare from the position of Minister of Finance, the Presidential Administration announced.

The head of state also signed the decree on the appointment of Prime Minister Florin Citu as interim Minister of Finance.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Florin Citu announced having submitted to President Klaus Iohannis a request for the removal from office of Finance Minister Alexandru Nazare.

“After a discussion with the coalition members on Tuesday evening, when I announced having requested the resignation of the minister of public finance, he informed that he does not want to resign and prefers to be removed from office. Today, after another discussion with the coalition members early in the day I sent to President Klaus Iohannis the request to dismiss Mr Alexandru Nazare from the office of finance minister,” Citu said after a government meeting.

The prime minister said he also submitted a request for him to be the interim finance minister.

“Minister Nazare had the opportunity to resign, he preferred to be fired. All coalition leaders were announced on Tuesday afternoon and we had another discussion this morning,” Citu said.

 

PM Citu: Delayed projects at finance ministry; no coalition leader opposed Nazare’s removal

 

Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Thursday, after announcing the dismissal of Alexandru Nazare from the position of finance minister, that his decision was made because there are “many” delayed projects.

“There are a lot of delayed projects, hence my decision. (…) There are projects that have an impact in the future,” Citu explained after a government meeting at the Government House.

He pointed out that no leader of the ruling coalition opposed his decision.

“It is the prime minister’s responsibility to make such decision. The coalition leaders have been informed, none of them have objected,” the prime minister said.

 

Orban: As regards Finance Minister activity we actually have  reasons for pride, not dismissal; PM didn’t have my approval

 

The chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban, stated on Thursday that Prime Minister Florin Citu didn’t have his approval when dismissing Finance Minister Alexandru Nazare. “In regards to the activity of the Finance Minister, we actually have reasons for pride, not for dismissal,” Orban claimed.

He mentioned that he is pleased with the activity of the Liberal ministers.

“You asked me before in relation to the reshuffle and I told you that, in accordance with my evaluation, as PNL chair, but also with the activity of ministers, I as chairman am pleased with the activity of PNL ministers and I support them. What bothered me the most was the fact that my approval was mentioned. He [prime Minister Citu] did not have my approval, nor that of the statutory forums of the PNL. Furthermore, you know very well that it’s true I was present in the Coalition meeting with Mr. Chairman Barna, with Mr. Chairman Hunor and the other colleagues in the coalition, but the Prime Minister was not present,” said Ludovic Orban, present in Teleorman County.

Orban also spoke of the accomplishments of Minister Nazare.

“In regards to the activity of the Finance Minister, we actually have reasons for pride, not for dismissal. The country ratings, the way in which he managed the budget situation, we have a budget deficit smaller by 1.6 pct over last year and in the forecast we will have a budget deficit this year under 7 pct. From the point of view of budget income, I am speaking of the data for May, we have a 23 pct increase over 2020 and 18 pct over 2019. In what regards fiscal incomes (…) there is a 29 pct increase. The objectives for state budget collections were exceeded. In what regards digitization, serious steps have been taken,” Orban mentioned.

Ludovic Orban added that he can do nothing more than state his point of view and that there were no objective reasons for Nazare’s dismissal.

“I have nothing else to do than express my point of view, and say that I believe that this proposal for dismissal formulated by the Prime Minister doesn’t have objective reasons behind it, the activity of the Finance Minister Nazare was an activity through which, in the given conditions, the established objectives were reached,” Orban mentioned, according to Agerpres.

Asked if it’s revenge on the part of the Prime Minister, Orban said: “I’d like to believe it’s not so, although it’s very hard.”

 

PM Citu: First of all, I did what I promised. I said that I would do an analysis of all the ministries and it was normal for me to start with the analysis of the ministry where I recommended the minister

 

Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Thursday in Craiova that he started assessing the performance of the members of his cabinet with the portfolio where he proposed the minister, which is the Ministry of Finance, because “if you do not have the courage to do your own analysis then you don’t start anymore.”

“First of all, I did what I promised. I said that I would do an analysis of all the ministries and it was normal for me to start with the analysis of the ministry where I recommended the minister and if you do not have the courage to do your own analysis then you do not start with such analysis. I did an analysis of this portfolio; I made my mind on Tuesday and I told the minister [Alexandru Nazare] to resign, I announced the coalition leaders. Last night [Wednesday] he informed me that he was not resigning and I went ahead with the removal plan. (…) It is important that the projects (…) continue at a fast pace, because they are needed for Romania. The most important thing is for the government team to perform; it is not the name of a minister x or y, but the whole team, and my responsibility is for the whole team to perform well. And when I see that we have difficulties somewhere with performing, I will not give up making the best decision for the Romanians,” said Citu.

He added that it was the prime minister’s responsibility to remove ministers, saying he would continue to analyse the ministries.

“I am conducting the analysis and when I have an analysis I will inform the members of the ruling coalition and then we will move on,” the prime minister said.

 

Iohannis: Prime minister has right to change the team when he thinks things can go better

 

President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday that the prime minister is responsible for the proper functioning of the Government and has every right to change the team when he thinks things can go better.

“I think it is good to see things in a realistic note, the Government has all the support of the party and all the support of the coalition from which it resulted, and if the prime minister considered it necessary to change a minister it means that he made an assessment and he knows what he does. The prime minister is the one who knows how the Government works and in the end the prime minister is responsible for the good functioning of the Government. He has every right to change the team when he thinks things can go better,” the head of state said before attending the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Sofia.

The head of state was asked whether the Government still has the support of the National Liberal Party (PNL), in the context of a rift between the prime minister and the party in the case of Alexandru Nazare being reshuffled as finance minister.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

 

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