Weekly Policy and Political Report October 3 – 9, 2017
The Romanian Parliament hosted NATO Parliamentary Assembly's 63rd Annual Session from Friday 6 to Monday 9 October 2017. On October 9, Presidents of the two Parliament Chambers Călin Popescu Tăriceanu and Liviu Dragnea met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. During the meeting, they reaffirmed Romania’s commitment to NATO’s agenda. President Klaus Iohannis, Paolo Alli, the NATO PA President, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also spoke during the closing session of the four-day Parliamentary Assembly. Klaus Iohannis called for a strengthened alliance, highlighting that “Romania will continue to be a responsible ally and a trustworthy dialogue partner, as it has proven so far.” Similar phrasing with regards to Romania’s “responsibility and trustworthiness” was also used by PM Mihai Tudose at the meeting with the US Congress delegation. 


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Weekly Policy and Political Report September 25 – October 3, 2017
The topic of Parliamentary Committees (including the inquiry ones) has risen to a level which prompted a journalist to sarcastically propose a new Committee tasked with investigating fuel prices. This proposal came after a handful of Ministers (Minister of Energy and Minister of Finances included) stated they do not follow fuel price increases, either because they do not drive, or because they are looking after the higher matters. PSD’s Liviu Dragnea, president of the Chamber of Deputies did not reject this proposition, however suggested postponing it until the Committee tasked with investigating ANRE reaches its conclusions. However, Dragnea announced his own conclusions, namely that fuel companies “are influenced by other interests, namely profits no matter what.”


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Weekly Policy and Political Report September 18 - 25, 2017
The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) launched an investigation into a series of normative acts issued by the Ministry of Development and the Ministry of Environment. These acts were signed by Sevil Shhaideh and Rovana Plumb (among others that are part of the same file) and transferred the ownership of a Danube island and its canal to Teleorman County Council that afterwards rented the waters to private companies. According to media reports, companies that rented these properties are linked to PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea. DNA put current Minister of Development Sevil Shhaideh (then Secretary of State within the same Ministry) under investigation, and demanded the Parliament the approval to prosecute current Minister for European Funds, Rovana Plumb (then Minister of Environment). Shhaideh and Plumb stand accused of illegally signing two Government Resolutions that ensured the property transfer.


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Weekly Policy and Political Report September 11-19, 2017
On Monday, September 18, the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose went through the second simple motion in a row. After on last Monday, the simple motion against Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader failed, the other motion initiated by the National Liberal Party this time against Minister of Education Liviu Pop was read in Parliament on Monday. This too failed.


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Weekly Policy and Political Report September 5 - 12, 2017
On Tuesday, September 12, Liviu Dragnea announced PSD’s proposal for the vacant seat of Minister of Defense, Mihai Fifor, current Minister of Economy, after consultations with PM Mihai Tudose in the ruling coalition. Social Democrats proposed Gheorghe Șimon for the position of Minister of Economy. Priorities listed by the proposed Minister of Economy include the Mining Law and legislation on royalties and mineral waters.


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