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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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, October 10 - 22, 2018
Government reshuffle   PM Viorica Dancila said on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018, that she will finish the evaluation of the Ministers on Monday, October 29th, stressing that she will not make the evaluation based on the names of the Ministers, but on their overall activity. She also confirmed that there will be a meeting of the PSD Executive Committee (CEx) where they will discuss the reshuffle, at the beginning of the next week.  PSD president, Liviu Dragnea, also stressed that there are “zero chances” of keeping the Government’s current structure. Moreover, on Friday, October 19th, 2018, the vice-president of PSD, Doina Pană, said that the special committee in charge of analyzing the activities of the Ministers has finished its activity and is looking forward to the CEx meeting to discuss the reshuffle.   On the other hand, ALDE leader, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu said that ALDE does not plan to change any of his Ministers, but every party has the right to evaluate its. Ministers as it sees fit. Both the Minister for Waters and Forests and the Minister for Tourism said that they do not see a tragedy in the possibility of losing their position within the current government if the evaluation shows that they did not perform accordingly to people’s expectations.  


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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, September 26 - October 10, 2018
The Romanian constitutional referendum which aimed to modify the definition of “family” from article 48 of the Romanian Constitution was held on the 6th and 7th October. Despite the extraordinary measures employed by the Government to organize the referendum over two days, the turnout was unexpectedly low. Thus, only 21,08% of the voting population participated in the referendum, according to the Central Electoral Bureau, which meant that the threshold of validation was not attained (30% of the population with a right to vote). Preliminary results of the referendum show that 91,57% of people voted in favour of the amendment, while a merely 6,46 % dissented. Despite this, the national referendum that cost around EUR 40 million was invalidated and will produce no effects upon the Romanian Constitution. 


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