Prime Minister Florin Citu said that it will not be possible for an interim government to adopt the decision approving “exactly the final form of the PNRR [National Recovery and Resilience Plan]”, noting that, in Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, he presented a calendar on the pieces of legislation that would allow the enforcement and implementation of the PNRR.
“PNRR will be tabled to the Council of the European Union, after which a Government Decision should be made to endorse exactly the final form,” Florin Citu said Wednesday, in a press conference at the Victoria Palace (Gov’t’s venue), at the end of the Government meeting.
The head of the Executive drew attention that the HG (Government Decision) on the PNRR he had made reference to, cannot be approved by an interim government.
“The problem is I don’t think the Government Decision can be approved by an interim government because it’s a decision that approves a new programme with implications for future budgets. We will see what happens, whether we can approve this Government Decision or not, it depends on what the situation of the government will be like then and, after that, of course, an emergency ordinance on the financial flows for the period 2021 – 2027 and the audit system. (…) The government decisions that have implications for next year’s budgets must be given by a full government,” the prime minister said.
Asked when the PNRR will be approved in the EU Council, Florin Citu said that the authorities in Bucharest have asked for the date of October 5, but it would be on October 10-15.
In his opinion, given the political situation in Romania, delays could occur.
I believe there are more than 70 responsible MPs who do not want to blow up country
Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Prime Minister Florin Citu considers that in the Romanian Parliament there are more than 70 responsible parliamentarians, who will not vote for the censure motion initiated by the Social Democratic Party (PSD).
“I believe that in the Romanian Parliament there are more than 70 responsible parliamentarians, who do not want to blow up the country when we have to approve so many normative acts, we have a PNRR to implement and a winter is coming with many challenges, when one needs a government. There is no telling, afterwards… I told you that after this step no one has a very clear plan. PNL said very clearly in which direction it is going, so there is no discussion there, PNL has a proposal for prime minister and that’s the one with which it is moving forward. PSD said that it does not want to govern, so they have no plan, they just want to blow up the country and go home, and those from USR [Save Romania Union], I don’t know, they side with AUR [the Alliance for the Union of Romanians] and PSD and I don’t see any strategy there, they will vote with anyone, if there was another party they would vote with them anyway, so there really isn’t any strategy. But so far we haven’t seen a plan B, which means that we will be in a very long interim, with the same government, but a very long interim and we will see what we can do in that situation,” Florin Citu told a press conference on Wednesday, at the end of the Government meeting, at Victoria Palace of Government.
“Today, in the Romanian Parliament there is a USR – PLUS [ Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity] – PSD alliance that we talked about and no one believed me. I told you that this alliance exists, I think it is now clear for USR voters where USR has always been – by PSD and by AUR. This alliance was formed in the Romanian Parliament and we will have a motion on Monday [debate and vote on Tuesday – ed.n.], we will see if they go all the way and if they actually vote for a PSD motion, which is actually a motion, we saw, against USR PLUS, as well. I have read that motion and it is also directed against USR PLUS. But, in the end, it is clear that for some parties the interest of Romanians is not so important. Although together we were on the street against what the PSD did in Romania for years, it seems that today it is ok to sit next to PSD and next to AUR,” said Citu, according to Agerpres.