PM Tudose dismisses Teodorovici from aide position, PSD Senator, criticised for lack of communication

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Tudose: I don’t accept finding out from the press what an aide is stating

 

Premier Mihai Tudose has sacked on Friday evening PSD Senator Eugen Teodorovici (photo) from the position of honorary aide. The decision came a day after Teodorovici made statements about the possible levying of taxes on the Church and criticised governmental measures.

According to official sources, Teodorovici was also blamed for not communicating with the Premier’s team, taking decisions by himself and making statements on his own behalf.

“The Premier said that from this moment on there is a principle that nobody close to him should break: discipline in communication,” according to official sources.

The Premier expressed his anger with the fact that he found out about his honorary aide’s statements from the press. “I don’t accept finding out from the press what an aide is stating,” Tudose allegedly said.

Teodorovici  stated on Thursday evening, for Digi24 private television broadcaster, that the Church should understand that there is the need for money. “The Church should understand and choose. We live in the 21st Century. There’s the need for money,” former Finance Minister Teodorovici emphasised.

He said he would initiate talks with Church representatives on this topic.

“Or we retrocede what has to be retroceded to them and then find a way to levy taxes,” was the option expressed by the Premier’s aide.

Eugen-Orlando Teodorovici was minister in two Victor Ponta governments: European Grants Minister (December 2012 – March 2015) and Finance Minister (March 2015 – November 2015).

He was appointed the Premier’s aide on July 4.

On July 8, Teodorovici stated he will be Premier Tudose’s honorary aide only as long as the proposals he makes for various sectors of the economy are taken into account and as long as there will be no fiscal “fantasies” or “flip-flopping.” He claimed he accepted the position despite the fact that his name was rumoured and “expected by many to hold key offices in the Government” and despite the way the PSD leadership treated him.

Last Thursday, the PSD Senator criticised on television the EUR 12 million project for the construction of a stadium in Teleorman, a project approved by the Development Ministry. He also talked about the possibility of levying taxes on the Church, an idea that PSD President Liviu Dragnea criticised on Friday.

 

President Iohannis: To talk about levying taxes on the Church seems to me a kind of fiscal adventure

 

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Saturday that to talk about levying taxes on the Church at this moment seems to him “a kind of fiscal adventure,” there being the need for a profound discussion with all the factors concerned.

“At this moment, to talk about levying taxes on churches seems to me a kind of fiscal adventure,” Iohannis stated when asked about the idea launched by Eugen Teodorovici, Premier Tudose’s former honorary aide.

The Head of State said there is the need for a “profound” discussion with those concerned, in order to be able to come up with a concept, but things should not be rushed.