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October 21, 2021

President fails to donate his salary, as promised

After publicly stating that he intends to donate his salary to the end of this year, in a special solidarity fund, President Traian Basescu appears to have forgotten about his promise, Realitatea.net reports. The list for July of donations to Solidaritatea national fund does not include the presidential name, and neither does the June list, so it appears the first and the last time the president has donated his RON 6, 700 worth salary was in May. “If the President has said he was to donate his pay until the end of the year, you can count on this promise,” presidential administration has replied in a statement. “Maybe the president wanted to remain anonymous,” a state secretary from the Ministry of Finance opined. In his interview to national radio yesterday, the head of state explained that he is not on the list because his personal accountant is on holiday, but he would return soon to carry on the procedures for the donation of his salary for one month.

On Tuesday the Finance Ministry made public the list of people who donated in a Treasury special fund meant to help Romania face recession. The list displays a who’s who in politics and local administration, some of them, however, did not want to disclose identity. Topping donations for July is a Piatra- Neamt MP who is also a state secretary in the Ministry of Economy, Claudiu Stafie, who donated his RON 22, 064 worth salary. His superior, however, Economy Minister Adriean Videanu has only donated RON 2,136. Minister Videanu’s cabinet head, Marian Turlea, however, has made donations worth RON 22, 064.According to a public release a total of over RON 774,000 was donated from ministerial offices and local administration throughout the country, in July.

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