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August 4, 2021

Liviu Dragnea threatens that PSD might decline ordinance raising officials’ salaries

The interim President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, said the MPs might decline the ordinance raising the salaries of officials as a reaction to the fact that many beneficiaries, including Prime-Minister Victor Ponta, had decided to donate the pay difference.

‘We have seen attitudes, positions and views on the ordinance. We have also heard an adviser or former adviser say that the Government wanted to withdraw the act, but the party wouldn’t let it. I can also see that no one of those who promoted it still supports it’, Dragnea said during a press conference at PSD headquarters on Thursday.

He stressed that he had seen that ministers were renouncing the wage difference which they would donate.

‘Since they keep shifting it from a person to the next one and no one still supports it, we can sort this in Parliament where we will propose to decline it (the emergency ordinance – editor’s note). Just to close the subject, if no beneficiary still wants it, it’s pointless…’ Dragnea further said.

Prime-Minister Victor Ponta noted on Tuesday that he had not agreed to the ordinance growing the salaries of officials on 1 August this year, but the act was nevertheless adopted. The following day, Ponta said he had made ‘the personal; decision’ to donate the difference to a basketball team.

Some of the members of the leadership of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate have also said they would donate the extra pay. At the same time, there are others who accuse Ponta of populism.


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