Third Ponta Cabinet – Wikipedia

The Third Ponta Cabinet was the executive of Romania from 5 March to 13 December 2014. It was established after one day before it received the vote of confidence from the country’s Parliament.[2] The Third Ponta Cabinet is supported by PSD–UNPR–PC Alliance and an unregistered party (PLR) led by Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu. In December 2014, UDMR voted the egress from the government, invoking the result of the presidential election, inasmuch as Klaus Iohannis, PSD counter candidate, was voted by more than 70% of the electorate in the ethnic Hungarian counties.

History[edit]

The Third Ponta Cabinet was approved by the Romanian Parliament on 4 March 2014 and took the oath in the presence of President Traian Băsescu on the evening of 5 March 2014.

Controversies[edit]

Liberal Democratic Party and People’s Movement Party, members of the opposition, submitted to the Constitutional Court of Romania a contestation against the government investiture, arguing that the government can’t be invested without a political program.[3] Even the President has repeatedly stated that he won’t invest the government if it won’t adopt as soon as a new political program. The Ponta Government announced the engagement of liability in Parliament for a new program, and therefore the Constitutional Court found, with 8 votes for and 1 against, that the contestation is redundant.[4]

Composition[edit]

Function Incumbent[5] Party In office since Until
Prime Minister Victor Ponta PSD 7 May 2012
Deputy Prime Ministers
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration Liviu Dragnea PSD 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs Gabriel Oprea UNPR 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Daniel Constantin PC 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture Hunor Kelemen UDMR 5 March 2014 24 November 2014
Csilla Hegedüs UDMR 24 November 2014 13 December 2014[6]
Ministers
Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlățean PSD 5 March 2014 10 November 2014
Teodor Meleșcanu Independent 10 November 2014 18 November 2014
Bogdan Aurescu Independent 24 November 2014 13 December 2014
Minister of National Defence Mircea Dușa PSD 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister of Public Finance Ioana Petrescu Independent 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister of Economy Constantin Niță PSD 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister of Justice Robert Cazanciuc PSD 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister of Transport Dan Șova PSD 5 March 2014 24 June 2014[7]
Ioan Rus PSD 25 June 2014 13 December 2014
Minister of Health Nicolae Bănicioiu PSD 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Attila Korodi UDMR 5 March 2014 13 December 2014[6]
Minister for the Information Society Răzvan Cotovelea Independent 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elders Rovana Plumb PSD 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister of National Education Remus Pricopie PSD 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister of European Funds Eugen Teodorovici PSD 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister of Youth and Sports Gabriela Szabo PSD 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister Delegates
Minister Delegate for Budget Liviu Voinea PSD 5 March 2014 15 June 2014
Darius Vâlcov PSD 28 August 2014 13 December 2014
Minister Delegate for Small and Medium Enterprises, Business Environment and Tourism Florin Jianu Independent 5 March 2014 13 December 2014[8]
Minister Delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technological Development Mihnea Costoiu PSD 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister Delegate for Water, Forests and Pisciculture Doina Pană PSD 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister Delegate for Energy Răzvan Nicolescu Independent 5 March 2014 13 December 2014[8]
Minister Delegate for Relations with Parliament Eugen Nicolicea UNPR 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister Delegate for Romanians Abroad Bogdan Stanoevici Independent 5 March 2014 13 December 2014
Minister Delegate for Social Dialogue Aurelia Cristea PSD 5 March 2014 13 December 2014[8]

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