The Interim chair of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Raluca Turcan, requested the Government to provide the economic projection on which the unitary Pay Law relies, claiming that all the signals indicate that the law doesn’t start from a realistic version of the budget revenue, and warning that Romania will reach excessive deficit situation and it will borrow more expensive from the international markets.
“All the signals indicate that this law doesn’t rely on a realistic version of the state budget revenue, but rather on an enthusiastic attempt to check one more promise that was made in the electoral campaign. The Public Finance Ministry must present the following fundamental elements for the current year and for every year until the end of the implementation of the unitary Pay Law: the forecasted economic increase and the revised growth of the GDP, the level of the collection to the state budget revenue related to the GDP, the budget deficit level that was considered, the number of budgetary working places – namely if it will increase or decrease, or if it will be blocked -, as well as the allocated amounts for investments to be made in the coming period” Raluca Turcan stated.
She said that PNL’s biggest concern is that today, the Government has zero RON allocated for investments, zero RON allocated for co-financing EU funds, and the hopes that more money will be allocated for investments in the coming years, are not more encouraging, if all these promises of salary increases, that are not founded on reality, will be checked.
“The Government’s performance in the first three months was negative, and everybody must know this. The revenue collection at the state budget is well below what should have been achieved by the Government, namely RON 4.5 million less. This year, the collection will be under 30%, while the European average is 44% of the GDP. We cannot expect a miracle in the coming period. We have no signal that PSD will receive the Nobel Prize for economics. We have no signal that economics was reinvented. PSD has the following options: either they will cover all their promises of salary increases and we will have an excessive deficit, which means that we will be subject of the European procedure for excessive deficit, and everything meaning the country cost will be higher, or they will allocate less money for investments”, Turcan added.
The PNL Interim chair labeled PSD’s intention to increase the salaries as a “losing and irresponsible approach”, whose cost will consist in an “underdeveloped country for the next ten years”.
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.