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PM-designate Ciolos: I am working on solid team; I will present list of ministers at weekend

Prime minister-designate Dacian Ciolos has announced, on Thursday, on Facebook, that he intends to present the members of his cabinet at the end of this week, showing that he is working on a solid team."I thank you all for the hundreds of messages and for the support. These days I had consultations with the political parties. I am working on a solid team and the selection process for ministers is in full swing. At the end of this week I intend to present the list of ministers, in order for them to be heard by parliamentary committees," Ciolos wrote.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Dacian Ciolos had meetings with the leaders of parliamentary parties — National Liberal Party (PNL), Social Democrat Party (PSD), Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), National Union for Romania's Progress (UNPR), Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), Romanian Social Party (PSRO), and the People's Movement (MP) — for discussions on the new cabinet and the governing programme.

The Social Democratic Party (PSD) will make a decision whether or not to support the future government at a convention of its National Executive Committee (CexN) to be held on Sunday, PSD national leader Liviu Dragnea said Wednesday evening after talks with Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos."What interest us are the government programme and the quality of the Cabinet. After the new government is invested, if ever, we will take a close look to what each minister does, how he manages public offices, how they pick their people and how they appoint people. On Sunday, there will be a convention of the National Executive Committee (...) because I hope that by Sunday there will be list of the Cabinet members for us and the public opinion, and then we can make a political decision based on more information," said Dragnea.

At the same time, he added that in his conversation with Ciolos he told the prime minister-designate that the PSD lawmakers will have the right attitude in committees, but they will be taking a very close look to the performance of each minister.

Dragnea said his discussion with Ciolos was "good, polite."

He mentioned that PSD leaders asked Ciolos to make sure the state is operational.

The PSD national leader said Ciolos was informed that PSD finds it important that the measures and the programmes that made the Ponta governing an excellent one with palpable and actual results be continued.

"It is important for economic growth to be kept in 2016 at 4.1 percent, at least, as was the latest growth estimate of the European Commission. At the same time, the measures approved under the Tax Code should be implemented instead of halted. Likewise, Romania's strategic, economic and financial commitments should be adhered to. Talks about public pay should be carried through and the bill on public pay should reach Parliament," said Dragnea.

He added that as far as the rule of law is concerned, it is important for the new government to signal it will secure the operation of the rule of law, justice independence and financial resources for the said institutions to do their business under the best circumstances.

Also attending the talks with Ciolos on behalf of PSD were Valeriu Zgonea, Marian Neacsu and Mihai Fifor.