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PM: No pension, salary hikes if economy doesn’t allow it

Salaries and pensions will not be increased next year if the economic situation in Romania does not allow it, as a consequence of the problems the entire European Union is facing, Prime Minister Emil Boc said on Friday in an interview to the public television channel. He underlined that he does not want to get involved in any “petty politics games” and that people have to be told clearly that it is possible the economy will not permit any income hikes. The prime minister said talks on the matter in the ruling coalition are very serious and responsible and there is an agreement to have a cautious budget for next year, with a re-analysis of revenue scheduled for April-May 2012.

Boc also said that next year, the government will partially lift employment restrictions in fields such as education, healthcare or administration if it is deemed necessary. At the moment, these sectors are allowed to hire only one person per seven vacant positions.

As for the merger of next year’s local and legislative elections, Boc said the measure will be regulated by draft law tabled in Parliament. The entire political class will be consulted on the matter, but the final decision is with the ruling coalition, the prime minister added.

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