Weekly Policy and Politics Report February 18 - 25, 2019
Government Reshuffle Following a PSD CEx Meeting on February 19th, 2019, the National Executive Committee has decided upon two new propositions for the Ministries of Regional Development and Transports. Therefore, PSD Deputy Răzvan Cuc, former Minister of Transports in the Tudose cabinet was nominated as Minister of Transports. On the other hand, PSD Deputy Daniel Suciu was nominated as Minister of Regional Development and vice prime minister. On February 21st, 2019, President Klaus Iohannis accepted these proposals and signed the decrees naming the two Deputies as Ministers in the Dăncilă cabinet. Moreover, on February 22nd, 2019, the two Ministers were signed into office.


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Weekly Policy and Politics Report February 11 - 18, 2019
Government Reshuffle – updates On February 12th, 2019, Lia Olguța Vasilescu has announced that she has decided to withdraw her candidacy for the position of vice PM and Minister of Development after discussing it with the PSD leader Liviu Dragnea. Following this, on February 18th, PM Viorica Dăncilcă sent a letter to the Presidential Administration announcing that she has retracted the candidacies of Lia Olguța Vasilescu and Mircea Drăghici. A PSD CEx meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 19th, to establish new candidates for the two Ministries that will later be sent to President Klaus Iohannis. In this context, the coalition leaders Liviu Dragnea and Călin Popescu Tăriceanu had a private meeting on Monday, February 18th to discuss their future strategy.  


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Weekly Policy and Politics Report February 4 - 11, 2019
Government Reshuffle – updates On February 7th, 2019, President Klaus Iohannis rejected Lia Olguța Vasilescu for the Ministry of Regional Development and the position of vice Prime-Minister. In his motivation letter, Iohannis argued that Vasilescu does not have the necessary expertise to fulfill this role and has not proven to have transparency in her relationship with the civil society as Minister of Labor.   In response, Lia Olguța Vasilescu attacked Klaus Iohannis saying that he abuses his position and that she is drafting a complaint against President Klaus Iohannis for the crime of abuse of office. At the beginning of the Government Sitting of February 8th, PM Viorica Dăncilă urged Iohannis to stop this institutional blockage. In an interview for Antena 3, Dăncilă also claimed that Iohannis’ refusal creates irritation in the Governmental Coalition, who will make a decision regarding taking further action against Iohannis. Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu admitted that he has heard some rumors regarding filing a complaint against President Klaus Iohannis but argued that he does not wish to take this political fight to a very low level. On the other hand, PNL vice-president Raluca Turcan argued that the President’s refusal is well-grounded and that PSD should give her up and nominate someone more capable.


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Weekly Policy and Politics Report January 28 - February 4, 2019
New resignations from PSD On January 29th, 2019, former PM Mihai Tudose announced that he resigned from PSD and moved to Pro-Romania, the party lead by Victor Ponta. On January 31st, 2019, Deputy Georgian Pop has announced his resignation from PSD. He also mentioned that he has joined Pro-Romania because of Liviu Dragnea who has fueled conflicts between the members of PSD. On February 1st, 2019, Deputies Oana Silvia Vlăduca and Corina Bogaciu announced that they have also resigned from PSD and joined Pro-Romania. With these resignations the PSD-ALDE coalition no longer has the majority in the Chamber of Deputies, with 4 votes short from being able to pass laws. Thus, the coalition now needs to rely on the votes from UDMR.


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Weekly Policy and Politics Report January 21 - 28, 2019
Upcoming elections With the elections for the European Parliament (EP) happening on May 26th, 2019 and the Presidential elections scheduled for the end of the year, politicians have started to develop strategies and alliances that would improve their chances. President Klaus Iohannis has already announced that he will be a candidate in the Presidential Elections, and that he would, evidently, collaborate with PNL for his campaign. Former PM and leader of Pro-Romania, Victor Ponta, said that his party will support wither its own candidate or a candidate from another party that has chances of entering the second round in the Presidential Elections. Ponta also mentioned that he will not be a candidate as he wishes to be part of the executive. USR leader Dan Barna announced that he discusses with the newly-formed PLUS party to make an alliance for the EP elections and that a decision will be made at the beginning of next month. Barna also mentioned that he does not exclude the possibility of supporting Dacian Cioloș in the Presidential elections, but USR is also thinking about bringing forward a candidate of their own. Dan Barna claimed that, in a coalition with PLUS, the two parties have all the chances of winning the EP elections. UNPR leader Gabriel Oprea announced that his party will run alone in the EP elections.


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