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December 2, 2021
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Boc-Antonescu row on MPs pensions

Liberals and Democrat-Liberals wrangled yet again, this time over lawmaker pensions. The president of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Crin Antonescu made Premier Boc a proposition yesterday to issue an emergency ordinance on abolishing parliamentarian pensions, saying that unless the serving government does so, the next government of technocrats will take care of the matter. ‘We will act in Parliament and the most important point in this topic is for the pension point to be reasonably calculated to the pensioners’ advantage, so that the ratio directly proportional to the average pay works to their advantage and not disadvantage in the face of the coming economic developments,’ Antonescu said. In his turn, the PM accused Antonescu of ‘brutally manipulating’ public opinion on this subject, blaming both PNL and the Social-Democrat Party (PSD) of being keen to keep MPs pensions as they are. ‘Those with PSD and PNL invite government to deliberately issue normative acts that can be challenged in the Constitutional Court so they keep lawmakers’ pensions as they are,’ the premier said, adding that the solution for the system to be regulated fast is for government to take responsibility on the pension draft law, which stipulates doing away with parliamentarian pensions too.

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