Finance minister fined by court over magistrates bonus cuts

Thew Bucharest Court of Appeals yesterday fined Finance Minister Gheorghe Pogea for having cut bonuses of High Court employees. Pogea will have to pay 20 per cent of the amounts he withheld per day. The verdict was handed out after both the High Court and the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) started legal procedures against Pogea and his ministry for failure to pay salary rights. A decision on the CSM action was yet to be made.

CSM spokeswoman, Cecilia Morariu, declared that the members of the Council have not cashed their salary rights for June, and also the bonus of 50 per cent of their salaries for risk and neurological overexertion. ICCJ also requests to sanction MFP after the magistrates of Bucharest Court of Appeal (CAB) admitted on July 9 the request of ICCJ to cancel the note of the Public Finance Ministry through which the payment of the 50 per cent neurological overexertion bonus for the magistrates from this court was suspended.

CSM’s request to suspend the execution of the administrative act and to make compulsory the payment of the salary rights was registered on Wednesday with the Administrative Litigation Section of CAB, the hearing being scheduled on Thursday.

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