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PM Ungureanu: The salary increase was not a promise

The premier tells Victor Ponta to go to school, as the PSD leader accused Ungureanu of adopting the manners of PDL and Basescu.

Premier Ungureanu is in no hurry to announce a certain date for a salary increase in the public sector, despite the message sent by President Traian Basescu, who said in Parliament, last month, that he has the power to find solutions for “restoring” the salaries of state employees around June 1. According to the head of the government, Traian Basescu did not pledge to restore salaries, and he rather sent a message to the Parliament, based on the ruling programme, but such a measure must be carefully analysed. “I made no promise, nor did the president, as he only spoke from the tribune of the Parliament to the members of the legislative and executive bodies, pointing his finger at the ruling programme. We will not go farther than we can. Nobody came to say that we’ll start paying tomorrow; nobody plays with promises. I am not under the condition of June elections,” Ungureanu said Tuesday on Realitatea TV.The clash with Ponta

After PSD leader Victor Ponta accused, earlier this week, the Ungureanu Cabinet of having nothing to do with either the interest of Romania, or the party interests of PDL, UNPR, UDMR, but rather with interests from abroad, in order “to turn to unknown hands whatever natural resources are still left” – in reference to the privatisation of Cupru Min – PM Ungureanu retorted that the accusations brought by Ponta against the government prove a lack of responsibility, combined with hypocrisy. “As for Cupru Min and sales, Mr. Ponta is fortunate to have in his entourage, at shorter or longer distance, two former prime-ministers – Adrian Nastase and Calin Popescu Tariceanu. It costs nothing taking good advice from either side, and if we prepare taking over the administration at some moment in the future, at least we should do a little reading,” Ungureanu said. Asked about what the former premiers should tell Ponta, the acting chief of the Government answered: “Back to school!” Referring to Cupru Min, the premier said that the criticism related to privatisation is similar to the slogan of the ‘90s: “We will not sell our country!”, but the process was necessary, because the company has big debts that would turn it bankrupt.Yesterday, Ponta retorted Ungureanu, saying that the premier gave up his elevated and concrete discourse, and adopted the aggressive tone of Traian Basescu and PDL, without answering the questions asked by opponents. However, the PSD leader will not give up asking PM Ungureanu questions about concrete issues.

About coalition and motion

Ungureanu said that he accepted allotting funds to local administrations after he convinced the ruling coalition to accept the criteria for distributing this money, but avoided to explain why he left the meeting in a hurry last week, slamming the door behind him; he only said that sometimes he is upset, like everybody else. The premier added that he did not distribute money on political criteria and, anyway, the sums allotted to mayor’s offices bear a “stigmata,” because the Court of Audits checks how they were used.As for the no-confidence motion prepared by the opposition over the government’s decision to create Hungarian-language lines of education within the Targu Mures University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMF), Ungureanu considers it as being against the professors of the university, as the government’s measure supports multiculturalism.

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