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USR’s National Bureau approves the list of ministers of Ciolos Cabinet and governing program to be submitted to Parliament on Monday. Prime Minister-designate Ciolos:  I have decided to go all the way

The Save Romania Union (USR) National Bureau on Sunday approved the list of ministers and the final form of the governing program that was proposed for validation in the party’s Political Committee.

The list of Ciolos Cabinet members and the governing program will be submitted to Parliament on Monday.


The list of ministers is as follows, the USR Press Office announces:


* Prime Minister – Dacian Ciolos


* Minister of Foreign Affairs – Dan Barna


* Minister of National Defense – Nicu Falcoi


* Minister of Internal Affairs – Alin Stoica


* Minister of Justice – Stelian Ion


* Minister of Finance – Dragos Pislaru


* Minister of Transport and Infrastructure – Catalin Drula


* Minister of Energy – Cristina Pruna


* Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism – Claudiu Nasui


* Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development – George Catean


* Minister of Environment, Waters and Forestry – Mihai Gotiu


* Minister of European Investments and Projects – Cristian Ghinea


* Minister of Health – Ioana Mihaila


* Minister of Development, Public Works and Administration – Ionut Mosteanu


* Minister of Labor and Social Protection – Oana Toiu


* Minister of Education – Corina Atanasiu


* Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitalization – Monica Berescu


* Minister of Culture – Iulia Popovici


* Minister of Youth and Sports – Tudor Pop


The Government Program : USR proposes a National Pact for Vaccination


The Save Romania Union (USR) proposes, in the governing program of the Ciolos Cabinet, a series of urgent measures for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We need courage to bring the epidemic back under control. Hesitations, empty triumphalism, the militarization of the vaccination campaign, the lack of commitment in the fight against fake news – all contributed to an explosive cocktail. The government we support will have to put politics back publishes on a scientific and rational basis and have the courage to sanction the refusal of vaccination and to take all measures so that those vaccinated return to a normal state of affairs”, the USR document states.

In the short term, USR aims to reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection, reduce the pressure on the hospital medical system, and provide medical care for patients who develop moderate to severe forms of the disease.

It is envisaged to speed up the request for external assistance through the European Civil Protection Mechanism and not only.


Among the measures proposed by USR are:


* limitation of social events and non-essential activities in closed public space depending on the evolution of the pandemic wave, conditioned by the presentation of the COVID green certificate;


* limitation of the number of participants and physical distance for open space events (pilgrimages, sporting, cultural events, etc.);


* postponement of the school year: two-week vacation, with recovery during the summer; return in physical format in localities with an incidence of less than 6 per thousand inhabitants after the two weeks, continuing online for the rest of the localities (exception: pre-school and primary education, which continues in physical format);


* resumption of testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection in schools: nasal (non-invasive) testing, free of charge, performed by medical staff, for children and symptomatic teaching and support staff or contact-based one;


* access to non-essential enclosed spaces (restaurants, cinemas, etc) only with a COVID green certificate; access to malls on weekends only with COVID green certificate;


* measures to lift the foreseeable restrictions, correlated with the incidence rate and with the vaccination rate at the level of the administrative-territorial unit.

Preventive measures are proportionate in intensity to the risk of COVID-19 transmission in a given activity. Greater precautions for activities with a large number of participants and high risk of transmission, such as bars, clubs, gyms, events such as weddings, baptisms, and lower precautions for activities with a lower risk of transmission, such as conferences, religious services with a small number of participants, cultural events.

Schools have priority, pre-school, primary education and for the final classes remain with physical presence regardless of the incidence of COVID-19 diseases, and for the rest of the classes it goes online to incidence of over 6, except for situations where a significant percentage of the population over 16 of the respective unit is vaccinated (over 70%) and over 90% of the teachers of the respective school are vaccinated, a situation in which the operation with physical presence of all classes is allowed.

In the medium and long term, USR aims to increase the percentage of the vaccinated population, ensuring access to medical services for non-COVID patients.

It is envisaged “decoupling public health decisions from the political factor, transparency of information on: the purchase of vaccines (number of doses purchased, expired, donated, sold); the number of employees in the health and education system vaccinated or at the unit level; number of infected / hospitalized / deceased persons among vaccinated and unvaccinated persons – at county level.

USR proposes, in the government program, a national pact for vaccination with the invitation of all political parties, the business environment, civil society and cults.

At the same time, it is foreseen the use of the sanitary certificate for access to work of all employees in the public system and for those in the private system who come into contact with the public, going until the suspension / interruption of the employment contract in case of refusal – deadline 30 November 2021.

With the same term, the involvement of the civil society in the promotion of the anti-COVID vaccination is considered, by creating a fund from which to finance projects in the field in the communities with low immunization rate. Funding will be transparent and outcome indicators will be monitored. TEL-VERDE to answer the population’s questions related to vaccination, with a number promoted through national broadcasting channels.

October 30, 2021 is a deadline for the allocation of budgetary resources, through the General Secretariat of the Government, to finance surveys, focus groups to assess the reasons for resistance to vaccination; national campaigns to promote vaccination adapted to the results obtained from sociological research, financing a task force to combat fake news; training with family doctors and specialists.

The USR program also provides sanctions for physicians who spread anti-vaccination messages in public.

The abolition of the quarantine leave allowance for unvaccinated persons is also being considered.


USR also proposes:


* increasing access to testing, shortening time, through ambulance services: testing at family doctors, in outpatient clinics and laboratories that are under contract with CNAS, testing in schools and pharmacies. The testing will be accessible free of charge for people who have a medical indication and for a fee for issuing the health certificate, with the price cap for antigen tests;


* increasing the share of COVID-19 patient care in primary and outpatient care, reducing the pressure on the hospital system;


* ensuring the adequate financing of the hospitals for maintaining and improving the functioning capacity of the departments that treat COVID-19 patients; ensuring adequate funding for the acquisition of effective treatments against COVID-19;


* psychological support for medical staff involved in the care of COVID-19 patients, available free of charge.


Prime Minister-designate Ciolos:  I have decided to go all the way


Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos said he will present to the USR Political Committee, which will convene on Sunday evening, the list of the cabinet and the governing program with which he will go to Parliament, stressing that he has decided to go “all the way”, because” the Romanian politician must restore to the Romanian citizen the confidence in the state and in its capacity to defend their interests as best as possible”.

“Today I will present to the USR Political Committee convened in urgent procedure list of the cabinet and the governing program with which we will go to the Parliament. My duty, as a politician, is to answer all the questions, and those who want to know why I did not submit the mandate received from Romania’s President have the right to ask questioned and receive answers. We are going all the way for the simple fact that the Romanian politician must restore to the Romanian citizen the trust in the state and in its capacity to defend their interests as best as possible. The politician can make good or bad decisions, but at least as important as the decision itself (and its outcome) is the good faith on which the decision is based. Being wrong is human but lacking honesty and good faith is a lack of character in times of calm and mischief in times of crisis,” Ciolos wrote on Facebook.

He stressed that Romania is “in a systemic crisis”, because no one believes “a word that comes out of the mouth of a politician”.

Ciolos added that he is aware that in the PNL there is “an aversion and nervousness” towards USR since the 2019 and 2020 election campaigns.

“I fully understand why this emotion exists towards us and I know that it is largely caused by fear of the new. Therefore, the idea that you cannot get along with us always arises. Maybe, if this fear did not exist, the coalition would have worked. History is history, so let’s look at what follows. I am sincerely convinced that we can learn to work together if we have the opportunity to cultivate trust in our relations. Now, this one-party Government of the USR may be a solution to overcome the crisis. Let us face this winter and think pragmatically about the best political solution to save what can be saved from the political project started last year. We can be a solution to the next few months, maybe we’ll break our necks and you’ll get rid of us, or maybe we’ll be able to keep things under control and allow you to calmly count your percentages, anyway. I’m convinced that you don’t want to wake up on the tray with a demolished country,” the USR president said.

He added that he did not know the “real” reasons behind President Klaus Iohannis’ decision to nominate him as prime minister, but stressed that a functional relationship between state institutions needed to be re-established.

“I am aware of the theories that have circulated in the public space regarding this designation. But I think that there is a great need to build an institutional relationship that is free of nervousness and harsh words. What I can do is have an institutional fair and honest dialogue with every member of the democratic system and to offer the same honesty that we put on the table to the citizens. It is no gain for anyone to destroy institutions and symbols, because we ourselves will have to rebuild them. The idea that w will heal by burning is wrong and harmful. We will heal by hard work, honesty and acknowledging mistakes,” said Dacian Ciolos.


Via Agerpres

File photo: Facebook/Dacian Ciolos-Prime Minister- designate Dacian Ciolos (L) and acting Prime Minister Florin Citu 

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