Dacian Ciolos is Romania’s new prime minister

Newsroom 11/11/2015 | 00:01

Dacian Ciolos, former European Commissioner for Agriculture, was appointed as the new Romanian prime-minister by president Klaus Iohannis.

The new prime-minister has ten days to decide on the list of ministers he wants to name and the governing program he wants to present to the Parliament for approval.

In fact, Ciolos said this is going to be his priority for the next few days, and that he intends to open up the government towards the Romanian society.

“I am aware that we are going through what I see as a crucial time for the Romanian society where the society has reached a degree of maturity which requires a public presence of the government, so that it ensures the connection between various state institutions, and especially between the political and society,” said Ciolos upon his appointment.

Ciolos was European Commissioner for Agriculture between 2010 and 2014, and carried out the first reform of the European common agricultural policy. After he ended his term, he was appointed special adviser of the president of the European Commission, according to Agerpres.

The Romanian president motivated his choice for the new prime-minister as follows: “To my view, to solve the governing problem, an independent or technocrat prime-minister is needed, a clean person who was not involved in any scandals so far, an upright person.”

“It was interesting to see that the parties understood right away what is at stake and that we need to come up with a solution together. I think the solution lies in a technocratic government. The parties, with very few exceptions, agreed to this, and we convened this is the right path until the parliamentary elections in 2016,” the president also said.

Otilia Haraga

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