Romanians who will refuse a job or will not agree to attend professional training programs will no longer collect social benefits, the state secretary in the Labour Ministry, Nicolae Ivaschescu, stated, on Monday, during the debate of the Social Security bill. The state secretary argued checks were conducted within the mayor’s offices to verify whether those who collect the guaranteed minimum income perform any community work, as stipulated by the law and, in cases where this failed to occur, the payment of their social benefit was discontinued. “We want to restrict access to social benefits, to pay them only where necessary. If people do not want to work, they won’t receive any funds from the state. (…) We encourage work, not those who shirk work,” Ivaschescu stated.