PSD to file two regular motions on military pensions, agriculture

Opposition Social Democrat Party has decided to file two more regular motions against the current rule, party leader Victor Ponta said yesterday after PSD national Permanent Bureau’s weekly session. One motion will be filed in the Senate and it regards military pensions, Ponta said, adding that his party opposes the government’s “duplicity and inconsistency” on this matter. More specifically, the motion will refer to authorities’ decision to introduce military pensions in the unitary public pension system, which will lead to a drop in military personnel’s retirement benefits.

Ponta voiced hope that debates and vote on the motion in Senate will help end “demagogy” and show who is indeed in favour of respecting military staff rights.

The second regular motion will be filed in the Chamber of Deputies and it refers to agriculture issues. Ponta mocked Agriculture Minister Mihail Dumitru, saying that “nobody really knows who he is” and added that the motion refers to recent “bureaucratic” measures that prevent the sale of agriculture products. The PSD leader added that the text of the motion also refers to subsidy cuts for farmers and failure to properly use EU funds for the sector.

In the current legislative assembly session, the opposition has so far filed three regular motions – referring to transport issues, health care and education. All three were rejected by Parliament, where the ruling coalition holds the majority of seats.

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