Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu on Wednesday decided to be the interim Foreign Minister until the current political crisis, generated by President Traian Basescu's refusal to approve the nomination of Liberal Adrian Cioroianu for this position, is resolved.
The head of the Executive said that Romania needs to be properly represented in the European Union and in relation with other states, and this is not possible because there is no minister at the helm of the Foreign Ministry.
"I strongly believe that the Romanians' future depends on our capacity to grasp the chances Europe offers us, the assistance and structural and cohesion funds EU citizens offer the Romanian people," Tariceanu said, adding that "in order to take advantage of these opportunities, in order to guarantee a better life for all Romanians, we need an active and responsible foreign policy, especially in our relations with the EU."
"In this crucial moment for our evolution, Romania cannot afford not to be duly represented abroad. We therefore need a foreign minister to represent and promote Romania's interests. We need a foreign minister to fight in Brussels and the European capital cities for the 22 million Romanians," underscored Tariceanu.
Tariceanu said that Cioroianu, who was proposed for the Foreign Affairs portfolio, is a good professional with top-level expertise, a man with excellent relations with European officials and a candidate appreciated in Brussels.
The prime minister said that President Basescu did not give any reason for his refusal and has brought Romania's foreign policy in a gridlock.
Former Foreign Minister Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu had been forced to resign by Tariceanu early this February, for not informing the government of two Romanian workers detained by the U.S. forces in Iraq. On February 19, the prime minister nominated Cioroianu as successor, but Basescu refused to accept the nomination.