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Parties hold consultations on salary law

One of the PSD MPs’ priorities during Parliament’s sitting this autumn, set to start next week, is to reject the emergency government ordinance on the hiking of salaries for 69 high-level officials. One of the reasons for that is that all salary hikes should have been done on the basis of the salary law, which is currently being worked on.
“From my point of view, it (the Government’s emergency ordinance) has to be discussed again. In a way I feel put in the corner,” Lower Chamber Speaker Valeriu Zgonea stated several days ago.
On Thursday, PSD Interim President Liviu Dragnea stated that the salary law will be discussed with the opposition parties, along the lines of the negotiations on the Fiscal Code.
“Romania’s major subjects have to be discussed as part of a consensus. Both we and our opposition colleagues have this approach, a political climate based on dialogue,” Dragnea said after the talks on the Fiscal Code that took place at the Palace of Parliament.
Ahead of the talks with the opposition, the Labour Ministry is expected to finalize its negotiations with its partners of dialogue.
At any rate, according to Liviu Dragnea the talks on the ordinance concerning the high-level officials’ salaries will take place simultaneously with those on the possible draft salary law.
Early this week the PSD President announced that he has asked Ministers Rovana Plumb and Eugen Teodorovici to present “a serious analysis” on the salary law, including in what concerns the salary hike in the public health system.
The Liberals seem willing to vote for the rejection of the ordinance on the high-level officials’ salaries too. “We disagree with the hiking of the high-level officials’ salaries, this issue has to be discussed at the same time with the salary law,” Ludovic Orban stated for Evenimentul Zilei.
PNL MP Mircea Toader stated for Romania TV that there should be a single law. “We’ve even stated that we disagree with income differentiation between dignitaries and public sector employees. There has to be a single law. I wonder how it was possible to have such an ordinance promoted without a discussion within the main ruling party. Now they find themselves in an entirely unpleasant situation if Zgonea came out… it probably didn’t happen out of his own volition, but instead it’s a political discussion at the level of PSD’s leadership. PNL will reject this ordinance,” Mircea Toader said.
Starting on August 1, 69 high-level officials, President Klaus Iohannis and Premier Victor Ponta included, benefit from tripled salaries after the Government adopted an emergency ordinance in this sense. The ordinance will enter the Parliament’s debate. If the ordinance is rejected the provisions of the current law will be included in the salary law on which the Labour Ministry is currently working. Although the draft law should have been filed within Parliament in September in order to be debated and approved as fast as possible, the move was postponed once again, the draft law being set to reach the MPs’ desks in October instead. The new salary law could come into force on 1 January 2016.

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