Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu stated on Monday at Antena 3 private TV broadcaster, that he is supervising all of his Cabinet’s ministers, specifying at the same time that a cabinet reshuffle is not carried out “on TV’.
“I am monitoring all ministers and I am not the only one, I am sure. Mr. Speaker Liviu Dragnea himself is overseeing not just the Government but also the other institutions (…) We don’t do cabinet reshuffle (…) on TV. We analyse, we draw the line, we speak to the party leader Liviu Dragnea (the Social Democratic Party- PSD, main ruling, ed. n.). I draw a conclusion with respect to the way some members of the governmental team have done their job. I present the conclusion I have and we discuss it – as we have done with all the other things – with the party I am part of together with its leader, Liviu Dragnea and the coalition that supports this Government,” said Grindeanu.
The Head of the Executive reacted like this when asked about his position in relation to the dissatisfactions expressed by the PSD party leader Liviu Dragnea regarding the Minister of Justice, Tudorel Toader and the Minister of Public Finance, Viorel Stefan.
At the same time, Grindeanu said that it is his duty to keep an eye on all members of the governmental team. The Head of the Government also affirmed that he is “pleased of most of the ministers.” “They have done what they were supposed to, in terms of measures, in the first three months,” said Grindeanu.
Asked whether he doesn’t rule out a cabinet reshuffle, in case PSD decides upon this, Grindeanu replied: “First of all, this analysis must be carried out and I am doing it with the entire team. I normally present my point of view as the team leader, and actually in the Government as Prime Minister, (…) I introduce these things to the governing coalition.”
“Income tax applied in other countries, we are not reinventing the wheel”
Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu stated on Monday evening at Antena 3 private TV broadcaster that he expects a final draft of the income tax project so that he can decide, but underlined that this type of tax is applied in other countries as well.
“It is natural that this new approach lead to many controversies, because we are talking about a new approach, but we are not reinventing the wheel, these are things that are applied in other countries as well, some of them EU members, others not, but developed countries that do very well from an economic perspective (…) I have asked the Minister of Finance to come forward and explain more what we want, what we want to do, what we have as measures provided for in the governing program, and for this communication to be as structured as possible, so that citizens understand very well what we want,” Grindeanu said.
He specified that he had asked the representatives of the Public Finance Ministry and the National Agency for Tax Administration (ANAF) to submit a draft.
Asked to provide a definition for the difference between individual and household tax, the Prime Minister said he expects a final form of the project.
“Mr. (Finance Minister) Viorel Stefan has begun to come in front of the public and explain as much as possible. I am expecting – I am a graduate of exact sciences – to receive the final project and not to rush and I do not think it is good for a Prime Minister to say things that are not 100 percent certain, ” Grindeanu said.
In the context, he stated being “upset” at the former government in relation to the data for the fiscal year 2016.
“Beyond the fact that 2016 was a lost year in many ways, (…) according to Eurostat, (…) the budget deficit for 2016, as we were told by these gentlemen when we came with the budget in Parliament, exceeded 3 pct without doing anything (…) It is a very serious matter related to what these gentlemen did last year, by doing nothing in Romania,” added Grindeanu.