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Gov’t hikes high officials’ salaries

The monthly salaries of the President, Prime Minister, Speakers of Parliament and directors of intelligence services will be hiked in August on the basis of a government ordinance adopted yesterday. The President, High Court of Justice President, Prime Minister and the two Speakers of Parliament will have the highest salaries, interim Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea (photo) announced, pointing out that he takes responsibility for this hike. Ministers’ salaries will be hiked too.

“There will be pay increases in the entire public system this year,” Oprea told a news briefing at the Government House.

The decision was adopted after Labour Minister Rovana Plumb recently stated that the public sector’s new blanket salary law, which could come into force at the end of this year, will feature a gross minimum salary of RON 1,200 and a gross maximum salary 18 times higher, of over RON 21,000. The President, Prime Minister, Speakers of Parliament and High Court of Justice President will benefit from the highest salary level.

At the same time, Oprea stated that salary hikes will be implemented throughout the public sector through the blanket salary law that is currently being drafted.

The president of Romania, the speakers of the Senate and the Deputies’ Chamber as well as the prime minister will be paid 21,540 lei in gross wage and earn a net 15,108 lei starting this August 1, thus being paid as much as the president of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, according to an Order on increasing the monthly pay for the highest public dignity positions in Romania that the Government approved at its Wednesday sitting, official sources told Agerpres.

The vice prime minister will get 20,000 lei in gross monthly wage, with the net amount to stand at 14,024 lei.

According to the act, the ministers and the intelligence service chiefs – the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), the Special Communications Service (STS) and the Dignitaries’ Protection and Guard Service (SPP) – will be paid 19,055 lei in gross monthly wage, with the net amount to stand at 13,365 lei.

 

Iohannis on rises in ministers’ pay: A wise intention that can be seen as a measure to prevent corruption

 

President Klaus Iohannis believes the intention of the Government to increase the pay of ministers is ”wise and aiming far” and it could be seen as a measure to prevent corruption.

”So far as I understand, there is an intention of the Government to increase ministerial pay. I find that a wise intention that aims far. I believe we could rate the intention a measure to prevent corruption. In the end, it is quite obvious that the ministerial remuneration has to reflect a position in the state to a reasonable extent,” Iohannis said Wednesday at the Cotroceni Palace.

He added that there are ministerial employees drawing higher pay than the ministers, and that as far as he is concerned the situation was not settled for purely populist reasons.

“I know that ministers many times find themselves in a situation in which in their own ministries there are public servants drawing a considerably higher wage than them, which cannot be a solution. At the same time, I believe the situation has not been settled so far because of purely populist reasons,” said Iohannis.

 

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