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May 11, 2021

PSD’s Dragnea: We’ll no longer table Pay Law in Parliament today; people must keep issuing opinions

PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Monday, at the start of the joint meeting of PSD-ALDE parliamentary groups, that Uniform pay bill no longer be filed with Parliament later that day, because he wants all parliamentarians to consult it and “people to keep issuing opinions.”

“No, I don’t want them to file it today. Let it sit for a week, go to the groups, we’ll publish it in the press too, people must keep issuing opinions,” Liviu Dragnea pointed out when asked whether the standard salary scales bill will be filed in Parliament later that day.

Labour Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu told Antena3 television broadcaster on Sunday evening that the public sector’s Pay Law be filed with Parliament on Monday, for all PSD MPs to be able to sign it as co-initiators. Vasilescu pointed out that the timetable of the adoption of this bill covers the possibility of a re-examination request from President Iohannis or of a challenge at the Constitutional Court, the goal being to promulgate the law by July 1st.

Lia Olguta Vasilescu pointed out that the bill has not been publicly revealed so far because modifications kept being made, however the bill will enter the legislative circuit on Monday.

“Tomorrow it will be signed by absolutely all parliamentarians. We already have very many signatures, around 200. The colleagues who didn’t get to sign it will hold a joint meeting of the parliamentary groups tomorrow, in order to present once again the principles of this law for those who were not in Sinaia, and we will introduce it in Parliament in a fairly rapid debate procedure,” Vasilescu stated.

She pointed out that the bill could undergo further modifications, including through amendments brought by trade unions.

“We don’t want to say we won’t accept amendments from the Opposition, even from trade unions, from simple people who will have the opportunity to see this law starting tomorrow and, if they feel the need to point out some mistake, we are willing to correct these things in Parliament, because the law is not perfect, but we are trying to have the most correct version possible,” the Labour Minister said.

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