A job where nobody fires you for years if you are a little bit serious, obedient and not too loud, where you can win more than RON 4,000-5,000, and which involves a lot of staying, a big measure of carelessness and the cult of personality, a job where you can be present only two days per week. Yes, it exists, and it’s here, in Romania. It’s the parliamentarian job. And this is because the representatives of the people, who are preparing to be elected again, have to “work” in the territory, officially in the interest of the country, in their electoral districts, but we know very well whose interest is “represented” at the local level. Thus, they will totally forget the urgent legislative matters until the end of the local elections campaign and will assign only the Mondays and the Tuesdays, from their precious program, to be in the people’s service. Chairman of the Deputies Chamber Valeriu Zgonea ensured us that they will recover this period in July. Does he mean in the hottest month of the summer, when they already have arranged their holidays booking? We can imagine since now how the parliamentary sessions will look, how they will be suspended because of the lack of quorum, like it happened so many times before. Too many times. Because, isn’t it, citizens, the electors, are too busy with the day-to-day living to be able to notice the truancy – which probably became normal for them -, and the civil society rarely takes its speaking-tube from the shelve where it stays in dust, to claim its problems in the street.
So we don’t have to wonder about the way our MPs run in the territory. Many of them are applying again for their candidacy in the districts, and they are impelled more than ever to win a new mandate, because they just voted for themselves at the end of the last year to have special pensions in amount increasing depending on the number of the mandates. Thus, an MP with one mandate will receive a pension of around RON 1,550, an MP with two mandates will receive RON 3,100, and those having minimum three mandates should win around RON 4,600 in addition. So, the wind is blowing in the sails of the electoral banners, having smiley faces, glances implied and messages in which only fools believe anymore, those being hard to convince since DNA stopped the abundance of buckets, pens, shirts, hats, scarves, lighters and bags with food which usually were shared for nothing before elections.
No wonder in this situation, our representatives do not wish the legislative project on the amendment of the representation quota to be adopted in the two Chambers of the Parliament, so that the total number of MPs to be 300, according to the results of the referendum in 2009. Meaning that from the 547 MPs that we have today sitting in the desks of the Parliament (in the good days!) – from the historical initial number of 588 – to be kept a number of only 300 to enjoy so many benefits. Because, yes, the representatives of the people receive together with our votes a big bunch of money from the budget, over EUR 80 million from the Romanian people’s money. This way, deputies and senators receive from RON 4,000 to RON 5,000 per month with the title of compensation, they benefit of free accommodation at the hotel within the limit of RON 8,000 per month, transportation and mobile phone-calls are settled, maximum RON 10,000 office expenditures are paid, the office car with their own driver waits them at the entrance, and the gas for their personal vehicle fulfills their fuel tanks on our account, too; they also have RON 100 for each plenary session, they have ridiculous small prices at their kitchen (only few examples: pork fillet – RON 5, meatballs – RON 4, chick peas – RON 4.5), and provincials receive 100 lei per diem for each day spent in smog and in the noise of the Capital. All of these are comparing with the Romanian’s average income per economy, of around RON 2,000, in which all these benefits are not included; an amount which is immediately spent on invoices for utilities, transportation, the day-to-day living and food. Not to speak about the working program, which has, according to the Labor Code, 40 working hours per week, 20 days of holiday per year, comparing to the MPs who enjoy their holiday in July, August, December and January, their prolonged lazy life on the occasion of the legal holidays and their maximum 6 working hours in the days he deigns to work. Therefore, it’s not wondering so many Romanians want to change something at the elections from this year. But these are the ones from the electoral banners.