PM Dancila admits she would have wanted to leave for Brussels as EU Commissioner

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PM Viorica Dăncilă has admitted in an interview to Adevarul daily newspaper on Monday that she would have intended to leave Romania to take a EU Commissioner seat in Brussels, but claimed that she remained in the country not “to shake” her colleagues’ confidence.

“If I had a choice I would have left and taken this position, but I cannot leave my colleagues, to shake the confidence they had granted me and I will go next to my team all the way”, Dancila stated.

Dancila also claimed that President Klaus Iohannis would have agreed the two proposals for the Commissioner office, Rovana Plumb and Dan Nica. However, Iohannis had repeatedly said that he had told the prime minister many times the two nominations are bad and risk being rejected.

After Rovana Plumb, Dan Nica has also been rejected by Brussels. MAE state secretary Gabriela Ciot seems to be on the list as well, as a backup proposal.

The Romanian premier has slammed the rejection of Rovana Plumb, arguing it has not been a fair approach.

“Other candidates were allowed to solve the identified problems, and we were denied this possibility. We could have come up with a new proposal, but it should have been a fair, unitary approach“, she pointed out.

At the same time, Dancila claimed she would have sent the new proposals, Dan Nica and Gabriela Ciot to Brussels, but a potential decision might be taken until after the censure motion.

However, today the European Commission claimed it had not received any of the two last nominations on Romania’s behalf, Dan Nica or Gabriela Ciot.

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