The latest report of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), the Council of Europe anti-corruption body, on the progress of the anti-corruption fight in Romania, have been published. The reports conclude that Romania made little progress in implementing GRECO's previous recommendations. One of the recommendations concerns the dissolution of the Special Section for Investigating Magistrates (EN).
The current government is unlikely to amend its own changes to the laws of Justice promoted in the last couple of years. However, its decision not to promote further changes will allow normalization of its dialogue with European partners. At the same time, the political opposition will be able to keep the theme of Justice on the public agenda underlining developments in recent years and introducing in their government program their cancellation after acceding to government.
The Government set by Government Decision the date proposed by the Permanent Electoral Authority for holding presidential elections. The elections for Romania President will take place on November 10, Round I, and November 24, Round II (EN).
Fixing the date of the presidential election increases the political pressure on the main political parties for announcing their candidates for this position. PNL will support the current president, Klaus Iohannis, in the race to get a new mandate. USR proposes its leader Dan Barna, voted party candidate at the congress this weekend. Howvever, USR and PLUS will have a joint candidate and it will have to decide if it propose Dan Barna or Dacian Ciolos (PLUS chairman and leader of the RENEW Europe group in the EP). Also, the minority governing party, ALDE, has designated its president and speaker of the Senate, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, to enter the presidential race. The main governing party, PSD, has postponed the nomination of a candidate to date. The party will have to choose between appointing a candidate or supporting the ALDE candidate. For the first time in the 30-year history of the party, it faces the risk to see its potential candidate not entering into the second round of the presidential election.
One of the most important political decisions of this period concerns the promotion of a new governmental reshuffle (EN). The prime minister has completed the evaluation of the activity of eight ministries and during a session of the PSD leadership on Monday, July 15, will discuss the list of the ministries that may be reshuffled. Making a government reshuffle will allow Prime Minister Viorica Dancila to remove ministers backed by former PSD leader, Liviu Dragnea, and form his own team, rewarding those who have supported her to be elected president of the party. More clarifications on the government reshuffle will occur today following the PSD party leadership.
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