Premier Victor Ponta said on Friday at the extraordinary Government session for the approval of the 2015 draft budget that on Monday he would seek the vote of Parliament on the new Government structure. On Wednesday, he asked ministers to work “non-stop” for having the draft budget ready by this Friday, 10 am, so that they could submit it to Parliament later in the day for debate and approval. However, the draft budget was approved in a Government session later in the day. Asked why the Government meeting to discuss the budget for 2015 was delayed, although it was scheduled for 10 am, Ponta said that this shift was caused by carrying out the procedure for entering data into the system. “It was delayed because after completion of macro-fiscal and macroeconomic data, entering data procedure into the system is needed. For completing everything, we worked last night, all night, we worked in the morning, too. When it’s ready, the budget comes to the Government then we send it to Parliament”, said Victor Ponta. “We are preparing the draft government actions for which we will request this Monday a new vote of Parliament, as well as for the new Government structure. There is just one thing that matters today – what priority actions we want to promote over 2015 – 2016 at government and parliamentary level. This, I think, is in the public interest and today, in the ruling coalition, together with my colleagues from UNPR, PC, PLR, we must decide the aims of and which our governing and parliamentary priorities are for 2015 – 2016,” Ponta said.
”I feel that I have a duty towards all the citizens of Romania. To present to Parliament next week, in the first place what happens with the wages, pensions, investments, the functioning of state institutions, in other words, with Romania’s budget. This, I think, is my obligation towards the citizens of Romania, and also to present the Government’s and the ruling coalition’s priority actions for the period 2015 – 2016,” he added.
15 priority directions of action in the Gov’t programme for 2015-2015
The head of the Executive also announced on Friday that the Government programme for 2015 – 2016 will have 15 priority directions of actions, a special accent being to be put on the fight against tax evasion, the European funds, the centralisation and development of the administrative capacities, the tax system. At the end of a ruling coalition’s meetin , the Government head announced a priority actions’ agenda which continues to match the government programme the former USL (Liberal Social Union) has run in 2012 parliamentary elections and for which it got majority, reports Agerpres. “We have structured these priority actions of the 2015 – 2016 agenda on two kinds of actions: government and public policies viewing in particular and being able to become concrete by decisions made within Romanian’s Parliament. The priority government actions for 2015 – 2016 within the parliamentary majority and the Government will have 15 such directions of action and fields in which we wish to continue the good things we have started 2 1/2 years ago of joint governance, but also to highlight and be able to assess very clearly concrete results,” Ponta said.