President passes pension, salary freeze bill

President Traian Basescu on Saturday promulgated a law that provides that public sector wages and pensions will be frozen in 2012, according to HotNews.ro. Last week, the Constitutional Court rejected a complaint filed by the opposition against the law. The law was passed by Parliament last month and soon after, President Basescu said in an interview that regardless of what the Constitutional Court would decide on the project, pensions and salaries would not be increased anyway, because “there is no money.” However, the president of the National Union for Romania Progress (UNPR), a member of the ruling coalition, hinted that salaries and pensions could still be increased next year. In an interview to RFI, Marian Sarbu said public sector workers’ salaries could be increased by 4-5 per cent in April or May next year and that pensions could be recalculated to align with the inflation rate. He added that the hikes would be possible if the economic situation in Europe and especially in the eurozone improves.

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