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PM Dancila: I decided to nominate ALDE representatives for the vacant portfolios

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced on Wednesday that she decided to nominate several Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) representatives for the three vacant portfolios following the withdrawal of this party from the Government in August.

"In my capacity as Prime Minister, I decided to nominate ALDE representatives for the portfolios that remained vacant after the August-end resignations. I have all the appreciation for those ALDE members who understood that Romania needs stability and that Romania and Romanians are important, beyond the personal interest or the political stake, and decided to respect the people's vote of 2016 and the governance programme we assumed together. It is important to continue the governance, to provide stability, to mobilise to consolidate Romania's image abroad, especially at this particular time when we must support our representative to the European Commission (...)," the PM Announced.

Gratiela Gavrilescu was proposed to take over the Environment Ministry and the Deputy Prime Minister office. Ion Cupa was nominated for the Energy Ministry, whereas Stefan Baisanu was proposed for the Relation with Parliament.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Wednesday also announced she proposed Dan Chirila to become the new Minister of Interior, Camelia Gavrila to become the new Minister of Education and Dan Matei to become Deputy PM.

She specified that she nominated Dan Chirila, currently a secretary of state with the same Ministry, to become the next Minister of Interior, in the context in which the term in office of the current interim Minister of Interior ends on September 12. 

"Considering that the term in office of the current interim Minister of National Education expires on September 18, and the office of Deputy PM on economic matters is empty, I will send the following proposals to the President: for the Ministry of Education - Mrs Camelia Gavrila, for Deputy PM - Mr Dan Matei. I hope that, this time, Mr President Iohannis will act like a president of Romania and not like a candidate for this office, and will not block any initiative to bring back normality to Romania," Dancila said.

She said the important thing is to ensure stability. "This afternoon I will send the proposals to the Cotroceni Palace," the Prime Minister stated at the Victoria Palace.