Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Tuesday said that he plans to serve his full term in office as head of the Government, throughout December 2016, as he still has some important projects to achieve.
“I want to serve my full term in office, throughout December 2016, because (…) we promised people to restore their pensions, salaries, we promised the Value-Added Tax cut, we have done these, but, you know, when you solve a problem hundreds more emerge and there are some important things that I want to do this year and the next, things regarding the lives of people. I am referring to the public pay law (…), I am referring to those measures in the Tax Code that have been postponed for one year and that can be implemented earlier, helping companies to create more jobs, better pay their employees, I am referring to the minimum wage (…), I am referring to the fiscal evasion combatting (…) Therefore I’m not saying that by December 2016 I shall finish all the business I have with the Government, others will remain, however I have a full term in office to serve and so I will,” Ponta told Antena 3 private television broadcaster on Tuesday evening.
In his opinion, the only ones capable to decide who will govern Romania are the citizens, who will voice their decision by voting in the general election in 2016.
“I believe that, you know how the Romanian says, it it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There will be elections next year, the political parties will participate and people will decide by voting. For now, things are going well and I don’t want us to spoil them, therefore, I clearly want to stay on and serve my full term throughout December 2016,” Ponta said.
I will probably run in Gorj County for MP, not for other state positions”
Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced on Tuesday that he may run also next year for a term as MP in Gorj County, stating that he does not intend to hold other positions in the near future.
“I will probably run along with the team I have been on in the past 15 years, in Gorj County, for the MP, but not for other positions in the state. I think that taking a backseat for a while, in which to learn from my good deeds and mistakes as well, will do me very good,” Ponta told Antena 3 private TV station.
He added that he would devote more time to his family that has not seen a lot of him in the past years due to his political and governmental activity.
As to his plans for the coming years, PM Ponta said that firstly he wants to prove his innocence in the case is in which he is being investigated by the National Anticorruption Directorate.
Prime Minister on his DNA case: I will respect judges’ ruling
Prime Minister Victor Ponta said Tuesday that he will respect any decision of the judges in a case where he is investigated by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), but he will continue to plead not guilty until a final sentence.
“The prosecutor will stick to his plea, I will stick to mine and the judges will rule. I will respect their decision, no matter what that may be. If they say I am not guilty, as I plead, then it will be all right, and if they say I am guilty of something I will pay for my actions,” Ponta told Antena 3 private television broadcaster on Tuesday evening.
In his opinion, the document he filed Tuesday with DNA should bring come clarification to the case.
“I had kept on trying to go and file and today I went to the registration office. It is a judgement of the European Court of Justice issued on September 3 that regards a case identical to mine and that virtually says the correct interpretation is that there is no guilt as long as I registered the documents in 2007-2008 and paid taxes. I believe it was relevant for the case, because in the end it is the prosecutor’s right to indict me, it is my right to defend myself, but this is a judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union and I believe things are clear,” said Ponta.
Ponta on Tuesday went to DNA to file a document. He said the case prosecutor did not have time to meet him but he will look into the court judgement filed by him.
Ponta is investigated by the DNA for forgery in documents under private signature, complicity to continued tax evasion and money laundering, in his capacity as lawyer, in a case where also prosecuted is former minister Dan Sova, accused of forgery in documents under private signature, continued tax evasion and money laundering.
Everything that was borrowed from IMF under tough conditions, repaid”
Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Tuesday evening that the loan taken from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been repaid and the salaries that were cut during the former government have been restored, and after 2012 “Romania was moved out from the precipice that it was in from 2009 to 2012.”
“Everything that was borrowed from the IMF under tough conditions which I do not think people have forgotten, has been repaid. More than that, it is good that we have repaid it and we have not got any dollar as debt to the IMF, but I want to say that we have paid all salaries that were cut then, we have paid contributions to pensions, which also were reimbursed. I have discussed even today with representatives of teachers about the lawsuits these have won against the Government for not applying the law. I was thinking this evening that if you manage to find a solution for those who worked for Arpechim, Petrom and Oltchim, which have some historic debts, and if we find a solution legal, since we have the money, then basically and the wrongdoings in the period 2009 to 2012 have been righted,” Ponta told Antena 3 private TV station.
He added that the Government from 2009 to 2012 period was disastrous and fraudulent.