Friday, 18 Jan 2019

Romanian minister planning EU presidency of EU country resigns

Bucharest, Romania – Romanian officials said the government minister charged with preparing the country to assume the rotating presidency of the European Union on 1 January had resigned.

Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici said that European Affairs Minister Victor Negrescu had resigned on Friday. According to the national news agency Agerpres, Negrescu said Saturday that he did not wish to comment.

European funds minister Rovana Plumb has confirmed the resignation. Plumb said members of the ruling party of the Romanian coalition government were not satisfied with Negrescu's performance in building good relations within the EU executive power.

Negrescu is considered a moderate in the left-wing Social Democratic Party.

The EU and the United States have criticized a judicial reform undertaken by the government to undermine the fight against corruption in Romania.

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova expressed her concern last month about Romania's potential difficulties in managing the EU presidency as it is weighed down by national concerns, in particular Corruption.

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