Education Law has to meet the current social expectations, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said Tuesday, adding that any changes thereof will be the outcome of “wide debate.”
“I have had I will still have talks with Mr Education Minister because if the current education law has to be changed it has to be as a result of a wide debate and also meeting social expectations,” Grindeanu told Europa FM private broadcaster.
He also mentioned the need for cooperation with the Presidential Administration in this area to continue.
“I do not want to take away anyone’s merits, the Education Ministry did have a dialogue with the relevant presidential board. I believe that if work is done together – and not only by the Education Ministry and that board but also by all stakeholders – we can come up with an education bill that meets the current society expectations. The law has been much too often changed, more than 100 times in 27 years, and I believe the outcome is not the best,” said Grindeanu.
On the other hand, Grindeanu mentioned the economic state on the first months of 2017, reiterating that there is no reason for him to be pessimist and believe the government deficit will not be kept below 3 percent.
“We have this agreement to which we stick, of keeping to 3 percent (…) There are currently nor reasons to worry. (…) Industrial output was up 5.8 percent in the first months; industrial new orders were also up 7.8 percent, exports advanced 13.6 percent, employment contracts since early this year were also up 44,000. (…) These are good news that does not come from the Government, but from the National Economic Forecast Board (CNP),” added Grindeanu.
“Ciolos announced me of his trip to Brussels; he’ll probably tell me what they discussed”
Premier Sorin Grindeanu said on Tuesday that he had a conversation with former PM Dacian Ciolos before the latter’s visit to Brussels, adding that he and Ciolos might further discuss on this subject.
Asked at radio station Europa FM if Ciolos consulted him before his trip last week to Brussels, where he met European officials, Grindeanu replied: “What makes you think we consulted? (…) He called to announce me that he was going to Brussels, which is normal. We might further converse for him to let me know what he discussed in Brussels.”
Grindeanu added that several ministers of the current Cabinet were also in Brussels last week.
“About six or seven ministers were in Brussels last week, each in connection with his area of responsibility. It’s normal for us to be in a close relationship with Brussels, with the European Commission, because we must get all our domestic policies in line with the European Commission’s policies,” said Grindeanu.
PM Grindeanu, confident regarding fitting within the budget deficit: At this point, we have no reason to be concerned
PM Sorin Grindenau stated on Tuesday that there is no risk to exceed the deficit of 3 percent of GDP, mentioning that, according to the data provided by the National Forecast Commission, there have been recorded increases of the industrial production, exports and 44,000 new employment contracts.
“At this point, we have no reason to be concerned. Just to strengthen what I said about the signals coming from the economy, I can tell you that industrial production increased by 5.8% in the first two months, new orders in the industry field increased by 7.8%, exports increased by 13.6%, employment contacts increased by 44,000 since the beginning of the year. This data makes us glad, and they are not provided by the Government, but by the National Forecast Commission, they are public and they strengthen the belief that what we want – namely, on the one hand, the economic growth that Romania had, has to be reflected in the Romanians’ pockets, ‘cause this is the role of the welfare – each of us to have a better life. On the other hand, by the economic measures we have taken, to restart certain engines that have been stopped in the economy – investments, EU funds” PM Grindeanu stated for the Europa FM radio channel.
He added that any Government operates with data provided by the National Forecast Commission.
“It’s the only competent institution that can provide this macroeconomic data. The state budget and all the things deriving from it rely on these values. Each measure we have taken in this period has been deeply analyzed by us, it was measured, so that the impact on the economy is within the margin. We have this agreement we will keep, within 3%, we will respect it, but this agreement didn’t exist in the periods of a high economic increase of some important EU countries”, PM Grindeanu added.
European Commission is waiting Bucharest to provide it with evidence that it can support the salary and pensions increases and that it will not exceed a budget deficit of 3 percent, stated the European Commissioner Corina Cretu last week. Otherwise, Romania could enter in the excessive budget deficit procedure, which involves restrictive measures to be taken by the Commission.
Budget execution in the first two months of the year 2017 has ended with a surplus of RON 397.1 million, namely 0.05% of the GDP, compared to RON 788.1 million, namely 0.1% of the GDP, recorded in the same period of 2016, according to the data provided on Monday by the Finance Ministry.