The structure of the new Government led by Victor Ponta was unanimously voted by the National Executive Committee: 21 ministers - 8 new, 13 of the old configuration, merged ministries and a single position of deputy prime minister.
Andrei Gerea, Mihai Tudose, Sorin Grindeanu, Sorin Cimpeanu, Ionut Vulpescu, Gratiela Gavrilescu, Adrian Anghel and Liviu Marian Pop were nominated for the Ponta Administration which will maintain only Gabriel Oprea as Deputy Prime Minister, whereas Liviu Dragnea will be solely in charge for the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration.
The list of proposed ministers announces changes in the Ministry of Economy, where Mihai Tudose (PSD) could be appointed at its helm, while Andrei Gerea (PLR), who served as Minister of Economy for a short period prior to the USL dissolution, was nominated to take over the merged Energy and SMEs portfolios. Another PLR representative who could be part of the new Cabinet is Gratiela Gavrilescu, chosen to head the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests.
As the budget-related matters will be incorporated by the Ministry of Finance, Dragos Valcov, currently, Minister Delegate for Budget, will be responsible for all duties, provided he will be voted to replace Ioana-Maria Petrescu.
Sorin Cimpeanu (PC) was designated to take control of the Ministry of Education, while the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Information Society could be led by PSD ministers – Ionut Vulpescu and Sorin Grindeanu, respectively.
The Ministry for Romanians Abroad could be headed by Angel Tilvar (PSD), named to replace Bogdan Stanoevici, the list of changes in the Government’s structure being completed by Liviu Pop, proposed to be the new Minister Delegate for Social Dialogue.