Weekly Politics and Policy Report December 17 - January 7, 2019
Interim ministers for Transports and Regional Development On Monday, January 7th, 2019, PM Viorica Dăncilă announced that she proposed Eugen Teodorovici, the Minister of Public Finance to be the interim minister for the Ministry of Regional Development and Rovana Plumb, the Minister for European Funds, as interim minister for the Ministry of Transports. Previously, on January 3rd, 2019, President Klaus Iohannis has signed the decrees to accept the resignations of Paul Stănescu as Minister for Regional Development and Lucian Șova as Minister for Transports. However, in a press-statement on January 4th, Iohannis announced that he will refuse the proposed minsters for these positions: Lia Olguța Vasilescu and Mircea Drăghici. PNL president Ludovic Orban approved of Iohannis’ decision and argued that the two proposed ministers do not have any knowledge in these areas and, therefore, are not fit for these positions. On the other hand, an official press-release from PSD shows that the party condemns Iohannis’ actions that are only meant to block the activities of the Government to stop PSD from respecting its promises towards the Romanian citizens.


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Weekly Politics and Policy Report December 10 - 17, 2018
On Friday, December 14th, 2018, the censure motion initiated by MPs from PNL, USR and PMP was filed in the Parliament. The censure motion entitled "The Dragnea-Dăncilă Government, the shame of Romania!" was signed by 163 MPs. The motion will be debated in the Parliament on Thursday, December 20th, 2018.    Shortly after filing the motion, PNL, USR and PMP MPs Florin Cîtu, Ionuţ Moşteanu and Robert Turcescu argued that, after the motion of censure, the Dăncilă Government should be sent home. Senator Florin Cîtu also implied that an important group of Senators from the PSD-ALDE coalition intend to vote in favour of the motion.  Raluca Turcan, PNL, argued that the censure motion has been announced for some time, but was only registered with the Chamber of Deputies on Friday, adding that this is the most powerful tool parliamentarians have to remove a government.   On the other hand, Former President Traian Băsescu is not as optimistic, arguing that the motion cannot pass given that the appropriate moment for it would have been in September.   President Klaus Iohannis argued that a vote of no-confidence in the Parliament is a test for both the Opposition and the Coalition and that this right of the opposition should be respected.  


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Weekly Politics and Policy Report December 3 - 10, 2018
Majority shifts in the Chamber of Deputies On December 5th, 2018, Deputies from PMP, USR and PNL MPs asked to introduce on the agenda of the meeting the proposal to dismiss Florin Iordache from the position of vice-president of the Chamber of Deputies. Moreover, the opposition also asked for the resignation of Liviu Dragnea as head of the Chamber of Deputies. This conflict escalated 3 days after 4 MPs from PSD have moved to the Pro-Romania party, shifting the majority in the Chamber of Deputies.  Iordache denied that PSD lost the majority in the Chamber of Deputies, arguing that the reason for which these proposals could not be added on the agenda is that only PSD members could make such a request. The conflict escalated and the meeting of the Chamber of Deputies was suspended, before reaching a conclusion. While PSD leader Liviu Dragnea claimed that this conflict within the Chamber of Deputies is merely a “desperate and failed attempt of the opposition to take over a state-institutions”, PM Viorica Dăncilă argued that Victor Ponta does not have the power to take enough deputies to cause problems for the PSD-ALDE majority. President Klaus Iohannis said that, even though he had no connection with the Opposition's attempt to revoke Liviu Dragnea as President of the Chamber of Deputies, he thinks this move was worthwhile and expressed the hope that the Opposition would succeed. On December 10th, the Standing Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies has rejected the request to revoke Florin Iordache, Eugen Nicolicea and Marilen Pirtea, since, according to the Chamber of Deputies’ current regulations, a member can only be revoked at the request of the group leader, of the group who initially nominated them for the position.


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Weekly Politics and Policy Report November 26 - December 3, 2018
National Day Statements On the occasion of the celebration of the National Day, the main stakeholders have given statements in the Parliament regarding the future political plans for Romania. President Klaus Iohannis took the occasion to draw the attention towards the effectiveness of the Government saying that “Romanians expect politicians to rise to their expectations, they want responsible and honest politicians that propose ambitious political objectives for Romania and not for their own interests”. PM Viorica Dăncilă advocated for peace and asked her colleagues to leave behind the “disunity, attacks and unjust criticisms, or even the offences” that were previously addressed to her. The Prime-Minister reiterated this message at the “100 for the centenary” gala where she stated the President Klaus Iohannis should be "a little more careful" with his statements and should try to put into practice the "political consensus" agreed with the ruling coalition. PSD leader Liviu Dragnea also called for peace and unity, asking everyone to “end the Romanians versus Romanian war” that gets in the way of achieving important national objectives. ALDE MP Varujan Vosganian pleaded for unity as well, stating that we should have a “national pact to help us implement important projects for future generations”.


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Weekly Politics and Policy Report 19 - 26 November 2018
Updates on the Government reshuffle   On Monday, November 19th, 2018, the Executive Committee of PSD (CEx) has met to discuss the Government reshuffle. Following this meeting, PM Viorica Dăncilă announced a series of changes in the current structure of the Government, revealing the proposals for eight ministries.      On November 20th, 2018, president Klaus Iohannis announced that he signed the reshuffle decree that revokes Ministers Vasilescu, Andrușcă, Ivașcu, Cojocaru și Bran and takes note of Minister Fifor’s resignation. At the same time, the following Members of Government were appointed: “Mr. Leș as the Minister of Defense, Mr. Budăi as the Minister of Labour and Social Justice, Mr. Bădălău as Minister of Economy, Mr. Breaz as Minister of Culture and National Identity, Mr. Petrescu as Minister for Communications and Informational Societies, and Mr. Matei as Minister of Youth and Sport”. However, president Klaus Iohannis refused to accept Lia Olguța Vasilescu for the Ministry of Transports and Ilan Laufer for the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration.   Following the president’s declarations, on November 21st, 2018, the CEx organized an emergency meeting, proposing Lia Olguța Vasilescu for the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration and Mircea Drăghici for the Ministry of Transports. At the same time, Liviu Dragnea argued that the CEx is waiting for the resignations of Paul Stănescu and Lucian Șova, given that Iohannis did not take note of their dismissals. Indeed, on November 22nd, 2018, Lucian Șova announced his resignation from the current Government. Later, on November 26th, 2018, Paul Stănescu also announced his revokes from the position of Vice-prime-minister and minister for Development.   Despite this, on November 22nd, Iohannis gave another statement stating that “there will be no change of ministers this week, and the new Government reshuffle proposal will be considered after December 1st, 2018”.   In consequence, on Monday, November 26th, Dragnea organized another meeting of the Permanent Bureau of PSD. After this meeting, the PSD leaders gave Iohannis an ultimatum, saying that if he refuses to revoke and to appoint the proposed ministers, they would file a referral to the Romanian Constitutional Court arguing that there is a constitutional conflict between the Government and the President. 


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