The Government understands that the battle for energy independence and energy infrastructure is top essential in the coming years, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Thursday. ‘Europe and the Black Sea regions must adjust and change at the same time, realizing that the battle for energy security, for sustainable energy (…) is indeed an essential battle. Romania is determined, and we and the Government I am heading will be among the first governments and countries to understand this fundamental change, to understand that the battle for energy independence and energy infrastructure, in particular, is one of the most important in the years to come,’ the Prime Minister told the Bucharest Forum 2013.
Referring to the Nabucco project, the Prime Minister said that a strong nation like Romania sees in the failure of a project the opportunity to develop others. ‘Romania has the capacity to effectively take over as an essential area regarding a region’s energy production and infrastructure,’ said the head of the government, stressing that it is Romania’s vision to develop existing opportunities.
On the other hand, Prime Minister has insisted the low public sector earners will not have their wages cut and he stressed solutions are being searched for such wages ‘to rise a little’. ‘That project aimed at attempting to rearrange the public system further remains one of the big projects. It cannot be done overnight, we speak of one million three hundred thousand public workers, we speak of putting trades that have no connection between them into the same mould, one way or another. (…) It is not easy to say a medical doctor, a teacher or a magistrate is more important or less important. They are all important. I have asked for information via the Ministry of Finance, to first of all see how we stand in terms of the wages, because there has been chaos for years, allowances have been given, nobody knows anything anymore, some have low wages, others have high wages, it’s an all-out chaos,” Ponta said at the Palace of Parliament when asked about the phase the unified public sector pay bill is at.