Romania’s PM-designate unveils proposed government picks

Newsroom 03/01/2017 | 16:12

The PM-designate Sorin Grindeanu announced on Tuesday afternoon the proposed list of 26 ministers in the new government that will have to receive the vote of MPs in a meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

According to the proposed government structure, both Sevil Shhaideh, who was rejected by president Klaus Iohannis as PM-designate, and Daniel Constantin will hold the role of deputy PM.

People to watch in the new PSD-ALDE government

The social democrats have 22 ministers, while the rest come from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), the political allies of PSD. The proposed government is political and does not include any technocratic officials.

“I understand my role very well: we are a political government, but the politics is done elsewhere. We will be in government to administer the country,” said Grindeanu in a press conference.

The proposed list of ministers:

Minister of Regional Development – Sevil Shhaideh – previously held the same role

Delegate minister of European Funds – Mihaela Virginia Toader

Minister of Environment – Daniel Constantin – former minister of agriculture

Minister of Economy – Alexandru Petrescu, the current head of Posta Romana

Minister of Foreign Affairs – Teodor Melescanu – previously held the same role

Delegate minister of European Affairs – Ana Birchall

Minister of Interior – Carmen Daniela Dan

Minister of Agriculture – Petre Daea

Minister of Defense – Gabriel Beniamin Les

Minister of Culture – Ioan Vulpescu – previously held the same role

Minister of Education – Pavel Nastase

Minister of Research and Innovation – Serban Valeca

Minister of Energy – Toma Florin Petcu

Minister of Public Finance – Viorel Stefan 

Minister of Justice – Florin Iordache

Minister of Waters and Forests – Adriana Petcu

Minister of Labor – Lia Olguta Vasilescu

Minister of Communications – Augustin Jianu

Minister of Health – Florian Dorel Bodog

Minister of Youth and Sports – Marius Dunca

Minister of Transports – Razvan Alexandru Cuc

Minister of Public Consultations and Social Dialogue – Gabriela Petrea

Minister of SMEs and entrepreneurship – Florian Jianu – previously held the same role

Minister of Tourism – Mircea Titus Dobre

Delegate minister for relation with Romanians Abroad – Andreea Pastirnac

Delegate minister for the Relation with Parliament – Gratiela Gavrilescu – former minister of Environment

What’s next?

The specialized committees in Parliament will hold hearings with the prop.osed ministers and the final vote in Parliament should take place tomorrow. The PM-designate wants to hold the first meeting of the new government this week if his cabinet gets the favorable vote of MPs

Ovidiu Posirca

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