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Romania: Government decides to reorganize government structure

At Monday’s meeting, the government adopted an emergency decree regulating the new structure of government and ministries.

The new organizational chart of the government will thus include 18 ministries instead of 16, and two deputy prime ministers instead of one. The responsibilities of the latter two will be determined by a decision of the Prime Minister, according to a government press release.

The above result either for the creation or reconstruction of: the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism, which will take over most of the responsibilities of the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment;

Ministry of Energy, which will undertake specialized structures in the energy sector that previously fell under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment;

Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, after the reorganization of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications;

Ministry of European Investments and Programs, after the reorganization of the Ministry of European Funds;

Ministry of Education, after the reorganization of the Ministry of Education and Research;

Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, taking over the responsibilities and specialized structures in the field of research and innovation that were previously established in the Ministry of Education and Research, as well as communication services, which were previously established in the Ministry of Transport , Infrastructure and Connections.

Finally, the Ministry of Public Works, Development and Administration will change its name to the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration. The title of the Ministry of Public Finance becomes the Minister of Finance. Finally, a Euro-Atlantic Sustainability Center will be set up as a specialized central public administration structure under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Adevarul newspaper estimates that turning back the words in the names of some ministries is a way to make some inevitable staff reductions in the public sector. In fact, employee contracts expire as soon as the employer’s name changes. New employment contracts will have to take effect for those who have remained employed, while those who have been laid off will have no chance of going to court against their employer. The document concludes that all these measures were necessary (the budget no longer allows the salaries of more than 1.4 million civil servants to be paid), but that they came too late, suddenly, without public consultation or consultation with the social partners. This situation is likely to provoke popular strikes and uprisings.

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