President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday, asked about the special Mps pensions, that he would refer to the matter after he received the law from Parliament and after making ‘a deep analysis’.
‘I will refer to this matter after I have received the law from the Parliament and after making a deep analysis’, President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday, having been asked what he would do about the law on special pensions for MPs that had been adopted by Parliament on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Legislative adopted with 303 votes in favour, 124 opposed and two abstentions the law introducing special retirement benefits for former members of Parliament. The MPs will receive special pensions that could be as high as 4,000 lei in the case of a former MP who served three terms.
According to the new law, the deputies and senators will be entitled to a monthly pay for their activity in Parliament, upon request and after fulfilling the minimum required age, according to the number of terms served in the Legislative.
The benefit will be paid only to those who are no longer members of Parliament. The former Mps who have been convicted in criminal cases are not entitled to the benefit.
The special pension will be calculated by multiplying 0.5% of the gross monthly pay of the MP by the number of terms and will be updated according to the fluctuations of the MPs’ pay and can be combined with any type of pension received in the public social security system, according to the law.
PNL’s Alina Gorghiu: ‘We are talking about moral discrimination against the citizens’
PNL Co-president Alina Gorghiu said on Wednesday that the special pensions for the Mps were ‘moral discrimination against the citizens’ and ‘an act of defiance of the rest of the retired people in Romania’. However, she admitted to the fact that ‘there are not too many arguments’ for challenging the act before the Constitutional Court.
‘We are looking into the possibility of challenging the law before the Constitutional Court, but, in the opinion of the lawyers, there are not too many arguments to back such an action and I am not sure if we can put together a position that could defend a claim before the Court. There is the possibility that the president may return the law to Parliament to be reconsidered. I don’t know what the presidential institution will do about this law, but, in theory, there is also this possibility. The repeated debates could change the point of view, the arguments in a possible re-examination request might sensitise certain MPs from the political majority’, Gorghiu said on RFI.
In her opinion, ‘there is no argument to support indemnities to senators and deputies on top of the retirement benefit calculated based on how much each contributed to the social security fund. From this point on, we are talking about moral discrimination against the citizens, an act of defiance, in my view, of the rest of the retired people in Romania’.