Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu on Thursday said that Justice Minister Tudorel Toader assured him that he hadn’t discussed with the US Ambassador to Romania, Hans Klemm, about the evaluation of the heads of the Public Ministry and the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA).
Asked on Romania TV private television broadcaster why the Justice Minister postponed the presentation of the evaluation of the heads of the Public Ministry and the DNA by 48 hours, PM Grindeanu said: “Because he paid, as far as I can remember, a two-day visit to Brussels.”
“It has nothing to do with it and I have even asked (…). I asked the minister this question in the meeting yesterday afternoon, if this evaluation has been discussed and if there has been a dialogue between the minister and the ambassador. The minister assured me that there hasn’t been one (…). I believe the minister (…). He is a man who gained his respect in this area, in this field, that of justice,” Grindeanu also said.
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said on Wednesday that he conducted the evaluation of the heads of the Public Ministry and the DNA “personally” and “without any pressure or interference” from anyone foreign to the Justice Ministry.
At the same time, the Justice Minister said that, at the moment, it is inopportune to trigger the procedure of revoking the prosecutor general and the DNA prosecutor-in-chief.
“In this context, evaluating all constitutionality, legality,opportuneness factors (…) I considered that, at the moment, it is inopportune to trigger the procedure of revoking the prosecutor general and the DNA prosecutor-in-chief,” Toader also told a press conference.
“Labour Minister is nearing in the final line to present uniform pay draft”
The Labour Minister is “nearing in the final line” to present the draft of the uniform pay law, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu announced on Thursday.
“The uniform pay law is an extremely important law, a law that does justice in this area, a law that must be very much discussed and debated on. That is why I nor anyone else haven’t put any pressure on those who worked on the uniform pay draft. There have been discussions with trade unions, trade union confederations, with all the social partners. (…) Those with the Labour Ministry are nearing in the final line to publicly present this draft law,” Grindeanu told Romania TV private television broadcaster.
Asked if, at the IMF suggestion, the Government will postpone the increase in the pension point, Grindeanu pointed out that a decision has already been made in this respect, and as of 1 July, it will reach 1,000 lei.
“We won’t postpone it. (…) These months, (…) we have made very many measures directly regarding pensioners. (…)We have issued this decision, it is an already taken measure, to increase the pension point to 1,000 lei as of 12 July.”