At Monday’s meeting, the government approved an emergency decree governing the new structure of the government and the ministries.
The new government organizational chart 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 to either the establishment or the reconstruction of: the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism, which will assume most of the responsibilities of the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment;
the Ministry of Energy, which will undertake the specialized structures in the energy sector that previously fell under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment;
the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, after the reorganization of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications;
the Ministry of Investment and European Programs, following the reorganization of the Ministry of European Funds;
the Ministry of Education, after the reorganization of the Ministry of Education and Research;
the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, taking over the responsibilities and specialized structures in the field of research and innovation that had previously been placed in the Ministry of Education and Research, as well as the communications services, which had previously been placed in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications.
Finally, the Ministry of Public Works, Development and Administration will change its name to Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration. The title of Ministry of Public Finance becomes Ministry of Finance. Lastly, a Euro-Atlantic Sustainability Center will be set up as a specialized structure of the central public administration under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The newspaper Adevarul estimates that reversing the words in the names of some ministries is a way to make some inevitable staff reductions in the public sector. In fact, employees’ contracts expire as soon as the employer’s name changes. New employment contracts will have to enter into force 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 paper 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, unexpectedly, without public consultation nor consultation with the social partners. This situation is likely to provoke strikes and popular uprisings. /ibna