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Four new Ministers took oath of office in Grindeanu Cabinet


The new Ministers of Justice, Economy, Business Environment and Minister-delegate for European Funds took the oath of office on Thursday, in front of President Klaus Iohannis.

Tudorel Toader took the oath of office as Minister of Justice, Mihai Tudose as Minister of Economy, Alexandru Petrescu as Minister for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship and Rovana Plumb as Minister-delegate for European Funds.

The swearing-in ceremony which was held at the Cotroceni Palace was attended by President of the Senate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, Speaker of the Deputies' Chamber Liviu Dragnea, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, members of the Government, as well as presidential advisers.

The head of state signed on Thursday the appointment decrees of the four ministers.

În his opinion, the reshuffle of the Government led by Sorin Grindeanu is a good move for strengthening the governing team. 

"I understand this reshuffle as a reinforcement move of the governing team," the head of state said on Thursday, after the swearing-in ceremony by the four new ministers of the Grindeanu Cabinet. 

At the same time, the President mentioned that he received from Parliament the two laws, one for the repealing of the Ordinance No.13 and the other law for adopting the Ordinance No.14 and stated that he will promulgate them on Friday. 

"We have met all the conditions to move on, Mr. Prime Minister, to normalize the situation," President Klaus Iohannis stated.

Premier Sorin Grindeanu on Thursday told newly appointed Minister of Economy Mihai Tudose that he wants the relevant ministry to initiate steps to revive the national defence industry. 

"I want the Ministry of Economy to initiate the revitalization of the defence industry. We have a 2 percent budget allocation for defence and I'd like the bulk of this amount to be spent in Romania so as to help our national defence industry," Grindeanu said at the office handover ceremony. 

Referring to Alexandru Petrescu's mission as Minister for Business environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship Grindeanu said he would want him to expeditiously work out the Prevention Bill. 

"These are two extremely important activity areas for Romania, economy and small and medium-sized businesses, there are elements of the governing program we already have carried into effect, but a lot still needs to be done. I trust my two colleagues and I am convinced that the priorities of the two ministries will be put into practice at a fast pace. They have adjacent scopes," added the Premier.