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Parliament approves state budget for 2015, PNL to contest the budget law to the Constitutional Court

The draft budget law and the draft law on the state social security budget for 2015 were approved in the plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate on Sunday.
As many as 339 of the MPs voted in favour of the budget law, 141 of them voted against it. In the case of the state social security budget, 329 MPs voted in favour of it, 148 against.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta made in Parliament, on Sunday, an appeal to responsibility, showing that any contestation to the Constitutional Court of the 2015 state budget would result in delaying the increase in pensions, granting subsidies or the reduced VAT in tourism.

“I want to make one single appeal: for seriousness and responsibility. I understand political and politicking positions but I want to send all citizens of this country that, to the extent to which this budget will be challenged at the Constitutional Court and will not take effect as of January 1, 2015, all those who expect increased pensions, subsidies, those who sell travel packages with reduced VAT will wait in vain and will have to ask the colleagues who contest to the Constitutional Court why pensions are not increased,” Ponta told parliamentarians.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta made this statement after Liberal MP Eugen Nicolaescu announced on Sunday, in the plenum, that the PNL and PDL groups would contest the budget law to Romania’s Constitutional Court.

 

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