Romania’s ruling coalition survives first internal crisis

romania’s ruling coalition survives first internal crisis The small crisis triggered by dismissal of the health minister ends without major political implications.

The centre-right coalition formed by the National Liberal Party, the Save Romania Union and PLUS Alliance and the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania stays together as the leaders of these parties come to an agreement. The first crisis of trust faced by Romania's ruling coalition ended after several days of mutual accusations as well as talks, with contested Liberal prime minister Florin Cîțu retaining his position.


The conflict started from Cîțu's disagreements with health minister Vlad Voiculescu, whom he sacked overnight, without consulting the coalition partners, the Save Romania Union and PLUS Alliance whose member Voiculescu was. In response, the latter party asked for Cîțu to step down as a condition to stay in the coalition, which gave rise to various scenarios that themselves unearthed old conflicts.


Things only calmed down on Tuesday night when the coalition leaders signed an update to the coalition agreement aimed to "boost trust among partners and improve the performance of the government", as the Liberal leader Ludovic Orban put it after six hours of negotiations. The co-president of the Save Romania Union and PLUS Alliance Dan Barna said a sensitive situation was thus overcome and that the survival and success of the coalition depend on trust, respect and rules. This coalition does not have an alternative, chimed in the leader of the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania, Kelemen Hunor, saying the new rules will ensure a more coherent approach, both at government level and in Parliament. Prime minister Florin Cîţu said future decisions will be based on dialogue and what's best for citizens and that the priority right now is the Covid vaccination campaign.


As regards the update to the coalition agreement, Agerpres news agency says it stipulates that the head of the government can dismiss a minister after first informing his or her party of this intention and after discussions within the coalition. The prime minister is also to allow for a reasonable period of transition to take place before the new minister takes over. Under the updated protocol, political responsibility will be shared and major decisions will be made in a collegial spirit with the agreement of all coalition members. The ministers' performance will be assessed regularly, based on the government programme voted by Parliament and other subsequent decisions.


The Covid vaccination is a priority for the coalition, the protocol also reads. Transparency is a rule, not an exception, and the ministers must take steps to improve access to public data and ensure the transparency of budget spending and public contracts and purchases. Healthcare reforms will continue and reforming special pensions based on the contribution principle and passing the laws regulating the activity of the judiciary are to be achieved by the end of the year, the agreement that ended the ruling coalition's first crisis also reads. (CM)



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