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October 23, 2021

Blaga says PDL doesn’t need to be briefed by Ponta on talks with IMF

PDL President Vasile Blaga said Tuesday night PDL did not need the PM to present the conclusions of the talks with the IMF, pointing out that PDL would meet up with the officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Commission (EC) and World Bank (WB) so it would find out about things ‘from the source’. He added the IMF, EC and WB representatives would be at the PDL headquarters in Modrogan on January 28, at 17:15.Prime Minister Victor Ponta said, on Monday, he would present the 2013 budget draft to the USL and national minorities groups when it is completed, then he would ask UDMR, PDL and PPDD groups to accept that he made the same presentation to them before the beginning of the debates in parliament. An IMF mission led by Erik de Vrijer is in Bucharest from January 15 to January 29 for the seventh and eighth review of the stand-by agreement, the main topics under discussion being economic prospects, 2013 budget, structural reforms and monetary policy. The IMF review mission will be accompanied by teams from the European Commission and the World BankBlaga also said he would propose the exclusion from the party of the mayors who had been on promotional materials or campaigned for other parties’ candidates before the election.  The PDL president also said the proposal made by PC Founding President Dan Voiculescu that National Defence Ministry personnel should be seconded to the Tax Authority to fight tax evasion was ‘a crazy idea’. ‘That’s a crazy idea, please excuse my language, but I cannot come up with a more appropriate word right now. What do you mean <from the Army>? What sort of training has the Army? What, are they supposed to launch an attack on companies and on citizens to make them pay their dues? There are cases where people cannot pay taxes and charges, local council taxes for example, because things are unclear. Just try to pay yours and you’ll find out you can’t. No one will take your money because they don’t know what law to consider… what law to apply. Apart from that, it’s an idea like almost all ideas the current Government has’, Blaga said.In what regards PNL members Andrei Chiliman and Calin Popescu Tariceanu whom Civic Force Party leader Mihai Razvan Ungureanu had proposed to join his party, Blaga said he did not expect either would take him up of his offer.

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