Daily views Romania's newly appointed young government members as "vulnerable"

Tuesday, Feb 14,2012, 9:20:03 PM

According to certain commentators, any critical remark made about Mihai Razvan Ungureanu would be equivalent to a real lese-majesty crime. [as published] They probably believe that this is how they can best serve the 'cause', but in reality this is not the right way in which they can help the new prime minister. Our duty is to point out everything that is not functioning well, to be sceptical, and not to become too ecstatic.

There have been a lot of comments about the young people appointed as ministers by the PDL [Democratic Liberal Party], most of them in praiseworthy terms, but let us now try to have a look at the other side of the coin as well.

It is true that the presence in the government of two or three brilliant young ministers, who are expected to bring new hope in politics and administration, is likely to inject a fresh life into the old, more experienced team, to generate new ideas, and induce positive energies. But are the newly appointed ministers really brilliant? What have they done to distinguish themselves until now? Have they been successful in the City of London City or the World Bank? Have they aroused anyone's envy in European circles in Brussels? Have they set up a group determined to launch a new vision, to propose new plans, and replace the old generation here, in Romania? No, they have not done any of those things. Most of them have only carried the briefcase of the former ministers until recently.

Did we need to have a second agriculture minister who comes from a company that specializes in genetically modified crops, which are rejected by European Union policies? How could a minister of administration and the interior who is well known as a political migrant guarantee us that we will have fair elections?

The main question is how could Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, a man with such an impressive resume, accepted to work with a 'ready-made Cabinet' so easily, and to have people with no impressive achievement as members of his team. It is not at all clear what principles he had in mind when he accepted in his cabinet members of both PDL's team of 'young reserves' and of the 'old guard' of the UNPR [National Union for Romania's Progress] and the UDMR [Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania]. What about consistency? If Mihai Razvan Ungureanu was forced to make such compromises in order to have his government approved by Parliament, we can just wonder what other compromises he will be ready to make in the future.

The young ministers brought from the PDL's 'kindergarten' will have to pass their maturity test in the tough battles that will be fought in the EU commissions, in important fields such as competitiveness, transport, energy, labour, budget, or internal affairs. There are certainly a few people we can certainly trust in the new government, such as [European Affairs Minister] Leonard Orban, [Justice Minister] Catalin Predoiu, or [Foreign Minister] Cristian Diaconescu. Yet, the other ones seem to be vulnerable, both on a party and at a European level, and Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu knows best what the real meaning of the word 'vulnerability' is.

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