PSD to invite UDMR, minorities to 2012 budget talks

Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader Victor Ponta announced on Friday evening in Sibiu that his party will send an official invitation to dialogue on the 2012 draft budget to the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) and national minorities’ representatives, according to Mediafax. Ponta explained that PSD will send the invitations to UDMR and to minorities because “although they are part of the coalition, they still show reason and openness to dialogue, which the prime minister and the ruling PDL totally lack.” According to the PSD leader, the Social Liberal Union is has made ten suggestions for the draft budget and if these suggestions are ignored by the government, the opposition bloc will file amendments to the project in Parliament. The PSD leader added yesterday that the opposition is still waiting to receive PM Emil Boc’s response to the ten suggestions made. The ten proposals include cuts in social insurance contributions, bringing back to VAT to 19 per cent, increasing pensions according to the inflation rate, a 50 per cent cut in goods and service expenses and others.

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