Eugen Radulescu, former CEC President and current Director within the National Bank of Romania (BNR), believes that all pensions should be taxed in Romania, including those falling below RON 1,000, realitatea.net informs. “There are thousands of people that fraudulently retired,” Radulescu stated. He pointed out that Romania’s pensions system has a deficit of EUR 3 bln.
Asked whether taxing pensions is a measure that can be postponed, Radulescu answered: “The moment pensions grew by 47 per cent two years ago – in 2008 more precisely – there were no resources for such a thing. In fact, the World Bank warned us as early as 1995 that our pensions system is not sustainable. Pensions were 47 per cent lower just 3 years ago.”
Cristian Radulescu also proposed cutting the number of public sector employees by 30 per cent. “The number of public servants grew by 80 per cent from 2006 to 2009,” Radulescu stated.
He pointed out that BNR has significantly lowered its number of employees: “BNR’s employees are significantly fewer than they were in 1990, and compared to other EU countries we are on second or third place when it comes to the low number of employees in relation to the population.”
UDMR Senator Verestoy Attila rejected Radulescu’s solution. Aurel Gangu, representative of the Pensioners’ Federation, stated that 85 per cent of pensioners have pensions lower than RON 600 per month. “It’s a cynical measure that seeks only to exterminate this category of Romanian citizens,” Gangu claimed.