USR deputies and the right-wing independents demand the resignation of Virgil Popescu from the position of Minister of Energy, “the weakest minister Romania has ever had”.
In a simple motion entitled “Virgil Popescu must leave. Romanians are waiting for solutions!” the signatories of the document show that the Minister of Energy “reached the limit of his competence long before he became Minister, but with the inexplicable support of his PNL colleagues and President Klaus Iohannis, he was appointed in all governments in recent years,” according to Agerpres.
“Under the mandates of Virgil Popescu, the price of energy for the population and companies has risen steadily. The price of gas has risen steadily. The price of electricity has risen steadily. The price of fuel has risen steadily. We ended up paying over 9 lei per liter of gasoline or diesel! The Minister likes to explain it by the international context. But not even for a second he explained why he stubbornly refused to apply the solutions at his disposal. Solutions proposed by USR and accepted in various public statements including by his governing partners,” is shown in the simple motion.
According to USR and independent right-wing MPs, “for five months, the project to reduce VAT on fuel has been sitting in the drawers.”
“Why don’t you adopt the solution, gentlemen? As PSD writes on Facebook: Romanians are waiting for solutions. The results of the activity of the weakest Minister of Energy in Romania have been seen: We believe that in Mr. Popescu’s case it is no longer just a matter of incompetence, but also of militant malice. That is why he must immediately leave the management of an institution that he does not know, cannot and does not want to lead in the public interest,” it is shown in the simple motion.
USR deputy Ionuț Moşteanu announced, on Tuesday, in the plenary of the Chamber of Deputies, that the USR deputies submit a simple motion against the Minister of Energy, Virgil Popescu. He specified that the motion is also signed by the group of right-wing independents.
Moşteanu appealed to the session chairman to submit the document to the Permanent Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies, but the leader of the PNL deputies, Gabriel Andronache, claimed that it does not meet the regulatory conditions.
The chairman of the meeting, PSD deputy Daniel Suciu, specified that “he will check carefully if the regulatory requirements are met” regarding the USR motion.