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Gov't to notify CCR: President said he won't make any decision regarding the Cabinet reshuffles before next week

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that the Government will notify the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR), after President Klaus Iohannis conveyed on Thursday, over a phone conversation, that, before next week, he won't make any decision regarding the proposals of the new ministers for the Transport and Development Ministries.

"We will notify the CCR, I talked with President Iohannis today, I called Mr President, I wanted to see what happened, if he will nominate the two ministers, taking into account that we are in the period prior to taking over the Presidency of the EU Council and it's very important for the new ministers to assume their files, to get in touch with the heads of the committees of the European Parliament, to talk to the rapporteurs. Mr President said that he is still analysing and, until next week, he won't make any decision, thus, we are forced to lodge this notification to the Constitutional Court, because we have a very had period ahead of us, a period in which the Government must present itself as it should, in order to have a successful Presidency and we cannot play with such things," PM Dancila stated at Parliament.

When asked what exactly did the President convey, the PM responded: "The President, as I said before, the President said the he will will analyse it until next week."

"If he had given me a date, I would have said it, but he told me that until next week," she added.When asked when will the notification be lodged at the CCR, the PM mentioned: "Tomorrow [Friday], yes, we will notify the Constitutional Court."

Prime Minister Dancila said on Thursday that she had submitted to President Iohannis the resignations of the ministers of transport and of development, adding that she had requested information from the Ministry of Justice and the General Secretariat of the Government (SGG) in order to comply with the law.

After a meeting with the national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea at the Parliament House, she mentioned that she had sent the two resignations to President Iohannis.

"I have sent both resignations to him, I guess it was last week or at the beginning of this week on Monday. I do not know exactly when, but I want to tell you that the resignation of Transport Minister Lucian Sova is 15 days tomorrow, so we have to see what to do," said Dancila.

Asked if the activity of the government will be stymied on Friday, taking into account that 15 days passed since Lucian Sova resigned, Dancila replied: "It is hard to say; I have asked the Ministry of Justice and the SGG to find out what the situation is, so that we observe the law."

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Wednesday that the Cabinet reshuffles in the last period were not made for better governing but only "for show."

"PSD [Social Democratic Party, major at rule, ed.n.] governing after governing is weak, very weak. Instead of coming with well prepared people, they realised they cannot succeed and are trying to create the impression they are improving governing with these endless changes. They have entered some sort of circus. This is not the purpose of the reshuffles and this is not the goal of governing. I am against this circus going any longer. (...) Thus, the first conclusion is that these reshuffles are not made for better governing but only "for show." This is no way to go ahead and I will not agree to it being carried on," the president said in a press statement at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, after the launch in public debate of the results of the "Romania Educated" project.



Friday, December 7, 2018