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September 19, 2020

Hundreds of former MPs to grow rich this month

Around 600 former MPs – 443 former members of the Lower Chamber and around 150 former members of the Senate – will collect their special pensions this month, the Government earmarking RON 20 M for these special pensions.

According to the emergency ordinance on the budget amendment this year, which came into force on August 1, the Government has earmarked RON 20 M for these special pensions – RON 13 M for the Lower Chamber and RON 7 M for the Senate – against the backdrop in which the special pensions are covered by the state budget and paid from the Parliament’s budget, news.ro writes.

Former MPs who want to benefit from this indemnity have to file a request with the Lower Chamber or Senate’s General Secretariat. 600 requests have been filed so far.

The law that modifies the Statute of MPs and that introduces special pensions for MPs came into force in January, after President Klaus Iohannis promulgated it in December. The special pension is calculated on the basis of the number of terms in office, however no more than three, as 0.55 percent of the MP’s indemnity. Likewise, in order to benefit from this special pension, the MP should have completed at least one full term in office.

The MPs who have received final sentences for corruption committed while in office will not benefit from special pensions. MPs tried to introduce the same kind of special pensions for local officials too, but the project was rejected twice by the Constitutional Court.

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