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December 1, 2020

PSD’s Dragnea slams FinMin Stefan over poor communication on planned tax system bill

National leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD, main ruling) Liviu Dragnea voiced his discontent at the way Finance Minister Viorel Stefan introduced the bill on the global income tax to the public, arguing that a communication plan should have been developed.

Dragnea said the media excitement over the envisaged changes to the taxation system was caused by the FinMin’s releasing a draft of the piece of legislation. “I don’t know if he asked the Premier, anyway he didn’t ask me – in my however weighty position of party leader, and given that I have also worked on the bill ever since the campaign and after that. He handed it to an association, to a development coalition, I don’t know exactly to whom, and then it came out publicly. (…) Consequently, the Finance Minister should have soldiered on, campaigning every day in the media and explaining the bill until he would have made sure everybody understands, explaining is not difficult,” Dragnea told the Antena 3 private broadcaster.

He said the Finance Minister should have campaigned on the internet and made TV appearances to make the bill broadly known.

You go to every TV broadcaster, post it on the net complete with explanations and examples. I sure am upset about this because I talked with my colleagues two weeks ago and I’ve constantly said that no matter how good a project or an initiative is, one should first devise a relevant communication plan because otherwise one has to permanently be on the defensive, answering various wise guys who keep pestering you over the plan, claiming families will be paying more, whereas in fact everyone stands to gain, Dragnea said.

Asked if he intends to request the Premier to sack the Finance Minister Dragnea answered that if he deems this necessary he will ask for this move. “I don’t know yet. I’ll talk to the Prime Minister, then we’ll discuss it in the coalition, if we find this appropriate, anyway this is the due decision-making circuit,” said the PSD leader.


“We have more than two ministers under scrutiny”


The leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea stated on Sunday evening that he has got “under scrutiny” more than two ministers of Grindeanu’s cabinet, who have not kept up with the governing programme.

“Unfortunately, there are more than two ministers (e. n. under scrutiny). They are not bad ministers, but as I have said after the elections, before the Government was put together, when it was done and immediately after its being established, this governing programme is a very rigorous one, with important objectives to be achieved and that cannot be fooled around with. That is to say that each minister has a very clear path in the programme that was voted and was granted people’s legitimacy, and some have carried on in a rhythm habitual to previous governing. It doesn’t work,” specified Liviu Dragnea, at private TV broadcaster Antena 3.

The PSD leader also affirmed that he assumes these ministers are also in Prime Minister Grindeanu’s attention.

“I believe they are also under the prime minister’s lenses. I think we share the same lenses,” further said Dragnea.

Although he did not nominate the ministers hinted at, during the talk show Dragnea referred to the Justice minister Tudorel Toader’s activity, mentioning that he didn’t regret having supported him for the position, but can’t say he is ‘too happy’ about it either.

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