The meeting of the PSD National Executive Committee was convened on Monday at 16.00h, but the decisions on the new members of the Viorica Dancila cabinet will be made in another sitting, most probably on Friday.
Social Democrat Party (PSD) chairman Liviu Dragnea announced on Monday that the Executive Committee meeting will not tackle the issue of ministries and ministers, adding that in case the future Cabinet were to be established today, the coalition would be rushing.
“We would rush if we established the ministers today. We are not discussing about ministries and ministers today. We discussed yesterday about the governing programme. I had a meeting today with the colleagues from ALDE, with premier-designate Viorica Dancila. We discussed about tax return form 600,” Dragnea stated.
Social-democratic sources had previously said on Monday that the internal negotiations have not been completed.
“The talks on the new Government will be postponed, no understanding has been reached regarding some portfolios,” PSD Tulcea leader, Horia Teodorescu, has said.
Most of the former cabinet members will keep their offices, sources say.
Up till now, it is known that the future Government will not include some ministers of the Mihai Tudose cabinet, i.e. Marcel Ciolacu and Marius Nica, the latter announcing his resignation s Minister for European Funds. Other ministers may be replaced as well.
ALDE representatives said they want to keep the portfolios on Foreign Affairs, Environment, Energy and Parliament liaison.
The Parliament will be summoned in extraordinary session, so that on January 29 the vote for investment takes place, as announced last Wednesday by social-democrat leader Liviu Dragnea.
Green light for the PSD members with criminal files to be members of the Cabinet
However, PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea has somehow gave some hints about several potential members of the Dancila Cabinet by announcing that the party has decided that Social Democrat members who are criminally investigated will be allowed to be part of the future Government, arguing that the Social Democrats have thus decided to make the Government by themselves, and not as ordered by other institutions.
Asked after the CExN meeting of the PSD members who are criminally investigated will be part of the future Cabinet, Dragnea said: “yes”.
Also questioned about the integrity criteria required by former PM Mihai Tudose regarding ministers and which prompted to the resignations of ministers Rovana Plumb and Sevil Shhaideh (both prosecuted for corruption in the Belina file), Dragnea answered: „We decided that we’ll be the ones to make the government, and not other institutions”.