With 282 “for”, 136 “against” and one abstention the Parliament validated the Government proposed by PSD-ALDE on Monday, January 29, 2018. This is the third PSD – ALDE Government validated in Parliament within a year. After Mihai Grindeanu and Mihai Tudose who averaged a six-month term, Viorica Dăncilă takes over the Government.
After the Dăncilă Government was validated in Parliament, the new Government is sworn into office in a ceremony hosted by the Cotroceni Palace. The Presidential Administration announced the swearing-in ceremony for Monday, January 29, at 19:30.
President Klaus Iohannis leaves Romania on January 31. President Iohannis goes to Brussels and has scheduled meetings with Jean-Claude Juncker. Also that day, Iohannis and Juncker are going to hold a joint press statement, most likely on matters pertaining to Justice. Later that day, Iohannis meets with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and EPP chairman Joseph Daul.
In Parliament the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies resume their ordinary session starting with February 1st 2018.
The new Government is expected to hold its first weekly sitting on January 31. Form 600 is most likely going to be on the agenda. During his hearing in the Joint Committees for Budget, Minister for Public Finances Eugen Teodorovici suggested that a normative act designed to avoid wages in IT to go down (after the transfer of social contributions) could also be included on Government’s agenda. Although first talks on this issues included the possibility of granting a form of state aid for IT companies so that they do not have to cover the cost of transferring contributions, FinMin Teodorovici stated that he does not prefer this option.
The new Government comes after two previous governments fell in six months. The Dăncilă Government also comes after a positive economic period, and is tasked with preparing for the Centennial and for the Romanian presidency of the EU Council. The last two events have a deep symbolic charge which could be exploited by the political opposition. 2018 is also a pre-electoral year situation which could revive political arguments. At the same time, the evolution of justice reforms proposed by the ruling majority may also turn into a liability, as it could result in the loss of access to European Funds (if Romania goes down the same path as Poland and the EC acts accordingly).
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