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Romania's PM proposes interim ministers of justice, diaspora, EU funds

Romania's PM proposes interim ministers of justice, diaspora, EU funds Viorica Dancila

BUCHAREST (Romania), April 24 (SeeNews) - Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila said she has sent to president Klaus Iohannis three nominations for interim ministers of justice, diaspora and EU funds after the head of state refused to endorse the initial proposals.

"I noticed with regret that the president refuses institutional collaboration and that, through his actions, tries to prevent the good functioning of the government. Unfortunately, the election campaign remains for the president a more important matter than the continuation of the ministries' activity and the implementation of the government measures for the benefit of Romanians," Dancila said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

Dancila poposed Ana Birchall as interim minister of justice, to replace Tudorel Toader who said last week he would resign, Radu Oprea as interim minister in charge of the diaspora, and finance minister Eugen Teodorovici as interim EU funds minister. Oprea and Teodorovici are to replace incumbents running for members of the European Parliament.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iohannis refused to endorse Eugen Nicolicea as minister of justice, Liviu Brailoiu as minister in charge of the diaspora, and Oana Florea as EU funds minister, describing them as "inappropriate" for the jobs. Instead, the president asked the prime minister to come up with different nominations for the three portfolios, or propose interim ministers until the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) names acceptable candidates.

On Thursday, justice minister Tudorel Toader announced his resignation after losing the support of PSD. Toader, a technocrat, has been repeatedly criticised by PSD leader Liviu Dragnea and other MPs for refusing to move forth with an emergency decree granting amnesty for some corruption offences.

Toader said he will remain in office to ensure continuity at the justice ministry until the name of his successor is published in the Official Gazette.