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January 17, 2022

PM Ponta on relation with Iohannis: It doesn’t work as it should or as I would like

Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday said that relations with Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis don’t work as they should or as he would want them to work.
“It doesn’t work as it should or as I would want. (…) I don’t have any personal issues, I don’t think with my bile, as they say. I do my job, I put at the President’s disposal what the Government can provide. We fight together as much as we can for Romania’s interests,” Ponta told Antena 3 private television broadcaster.
On the other hand, Ponta underscored that Iohannis is wrong to speak in public about the court case in which he is tried.
“The President’s job doesn’t concern [court] cases and, if he talks about cases, it doesn’t mean he has anything to do with them. I believe he is wrong in the first place and maybe he is influencing justice,” Ponta said.
The prime minister also mentioned Iohannis’s public statements concerning the censure motion filed by the National Liberal Party (PNL).
“The problem is that Romania’s President, the moment he is elected, must be Romania’s President, yours and mine and everyone else’s. You cannot only remain the president of a party, because we have seen in Traian Basescu what that means and it was ugly,” Ponta added.

Ponta, convinced that President, together with Parliament and PNL will solve the issues related to postal voting law

Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday said he is convinced that President Klaus Iohannis together with Parliament and the National Liberal Party (PNL) will solve the problem of passing a postal voting law.
“There is no such law for the time being. (…) I am convinced Mr President Iohannis together with Parliament and the PNL will solve it,” Ponta told Antena 3 private broadcaster.
Asked whether or not Ponta’s Social Democrat Party (PSD) will get involved in solving the issue regarding the passage of the law, Ponta said, “Well, they wil all do.”

As for his personal involvement, Ponta said the Government will make sure the bill to pass can be implemented.
“We are providing all the logistics conditions for the law to be implemented (…) Unlike other Romanian politicians, I do not want to do everything. I only do what I can do well,” said Ponta.

“Some tax measures set for Jan. 1, 2017, could be taken earlier”

The Government could include in the 2016 national budget a series of tax measures initially set for application on January 1, 2017, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said Monday evening.
He mentioned to the point cutting dividend taxes or repealing tax on special structures.
“We are expecting the November additional revenue, for instance from the Value-Added Tax (VAT). Mathematically, if you cut from 24 percent to 9 percent there should be less money. Yet, economically, we are raising more money, and I have told you so many times. Why? Because tax evasion is being fought against. At 9 percent, tax dodgers are out of the market. Those who would not issue tax receipts would say it is no longer worth it. It was worth it when there was 24 percent, but at 9 percent I do not take the risk,’ Ponta told Antena 3 private television broadcaster.
He added that throughout the remaining of the year, the Government will also concentrate on a package of pieces of legislation that comprises a public procurement law, a public pay law and a national budget law.

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