Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission December 19, 2018 - January 9, 2019
Weekly Political Review Interim ministers for Transports and Regional Development  On 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 had 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. USR leader Dan Barna argued that the conflict between the Government and Klaus Iohannis is a direct consequence of irresponsible governance. 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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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission December 5 - 19, 2018
On 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 favor 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. UDMR president Kelemen Hunor announced that the UDMR Parliamentarian group will be present for the motion debate but they will not vote for this 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.


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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, November 21 - December 5, 2018
Resignations from PSD Former Prime-Minister Victor Ponta has announced that three PSD deputies have decided to join the Pro-Romania Party. Deputies Ion Spânu, Mihai Popa and Mihai Mohaci. Deputy Ion Mocioalcă, head of PSD Severin, also announced his resignation from PSD and has joined the Pro-Romania party, on December 3rd, 2018. After these four deputies have resigned from PSD the PSD-ALDE coalition has lost its parliamentarian majority. PSD-ALDE now has 163 deputies, three less then needed to ensure the majority in the Chamber of Deputies.  Conflict 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. 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.


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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, November 7 - November 21, 2018
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”. On November 16th, 2018, president Klaus Iohannis has signed the decree to name Ecaterina Andronescu as Minister for Education.


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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, October 24 - November 7, 2018
PSD CEx Meeting On Monday, November 5th, 2018, PSD organized an Executive Committee (CEx) meeting. During this meeting, the main topic of discussion was the exclusion of key members of PSD who “negotiated against the interests of this party”, PSD vice-president Adrian Țuțuianu and MP Marian Neacșu were excluded from PSD because they were „hurting the stability of the party”. Given that the MPs had a modicum of support within the party, there are questions regarding how PSD will maintain its parliamentarian majority. However, ALDE president Călin-Popescu Tăriceanu insisted that PSD-ALDE will maintain a comfortable majority. Another CEx meeting is due to take place next week when PM Viorica Dăncilă will present the evaluation of the Ministers and will discuss a Government reshuffle.


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