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January 28, 2023

New royalties-related protests

The minister of Culture, Kelemen Hunor, stated, on Saturday, at the “Peninsula” Festival in Targu Mures that he disapproved of the artists’ tax strike, arguing that all incomes should be taxed, in a unified manner, and that all corresponding contributions should be paid, Mediafax reports. In the same context, Deputy Prime Minister Marko Bela stated that people who complained they had been faced with problems in filing the royalties’ statements were right, as there’s too much bureaucracy in Romania.

At the same time, the vice president of the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL), Ioan Oltean, stated, on Friday, in a press conference, that the present Government cannot afford to sanction such an important segment as that of journalists just because the latter do not support the ruling party. Moreover, Prime Minister Emil Boc stated, on the same day, that he is open to talks with the initiators of the tax strike so that the latter would understand that the Government’s Emergency Ordinance (OUG) 58/ 2010 was not aimed at genuine creators, but was meant to “eliminate” people benefiting abusively from royalties, such as drivers. At the same time, a spokesperson for the National Liberal Party (PNL), Mihai Voicu, stated that Liberals would present, at the beginning of the autumn Parliamentary session, a simple motion against the Labour Minister, Mihai Seitan, given the “chaos” resulting from the taxation of royalties.

In response to the selfsame OUG 58/2010, several of the intellectuals who supported Traian Basescu along the years declared “offended” and “outraged” by the humiliation artists and intellectuals are subjected to by Government set-up by the latter, ‘Gandul’ reports. Protesters include Horia Roman Patapievici, Mircea Cartarescu, Sever Voinescu and Cristian Preda.

Following the new regulations, over 46,000 statements by which people making work-based incomes, other than wages, were included in the social security system had been filed up to Friday at the County Labour Force Employment Agencies (AJOFM) and at the corresponding Bucharest Agency.

The Romanian Academic Society (SAR) also opposes the Government’s Emergency Ordinance (OUG) 58/ 2010 and calls for its abrogation, as well as for the removal of the initiators of the act. SAR, which consistently supported throughout the time the widening of the Tax Base as a means of boosting public revenue, closely analysed the ordinance and the norms regulating its application.

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