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Gov’t to present final form of Administrative Code next week; it’s one of PSD’s main projects, says Neacsu

PSD Secretary General Marian Neacsu (photo) stated on Monday, at the end of PSD’s National Standing Bureau meeting, that the Mihai Tudose Government will publish next week the final form of the Administrative Code, which will be put up for public consultations, this being one of the “main” projects that PSD will back in next autumn’s parliamentary session.

“As far as I know, the Administrative Code, which is one of the main projects the party and the Romanian Government will come up with during the autumn session, will be discussed and probably also published next week, in its final form,” Marian Neacsu said.

He pointed out that the Administrative Code will not be adopted by the Government before being put up for public consultations. “It won’t be adopted by the Government yet, because it must be put up for public consultations and only at the end will the Government assume the form coming about as a result of the public consultations and will present it to Parliament,” the PSD Secretary General concluded.

 

Neacsu: Solidarity tax will most likely not be introduced; economic effects smaller than PR impact

 

PSD Secretary General Marian Neacsu stated on Monday, at the end of the National Standing Bureau meeting, that the solidarity tax will most likely not be introduced, because the economic effects of such a measure would be “far smaller” than the impact it would have from a PR standpoint.

“As you were informed, last week the coalition discussed [the introduction of the solidarity tax]. As far as I know, all measures we’ve asked concerning the impact that the introduction of such a tax would have are not fully finalised. I opine that, most likely, the solidarity tax will not be introduced,” Marian Neacsu stated.

He stressed this is his personal opinion, not the party’s. “It’s my personal opinion at this moment. I’ve seen some of the simulations, in my opinion that measure’s economic effects are far smaller than the impact it would have from a PR standpoint,” the Social Democrat added.

Likewise, asked whether he is thinking about progressive taxation, the PSD Secretary General answered negatively.

“Not necessarily and, at any rate, that can’t be done in any way in the Romanian economy unless a globalisation of incomes occurs. So not in the immediate future,” Marian Neacsu concluded.

 

“I opt in favour of freezing the MPs’ special pensions; they’re leading us to a deficit we can’t handle”

 

PSD Secretary General Marian Neacsu stated on Monday, at the end of PSD’s National Standing Bureau meeting, that he opts in favour of freezing the lump sum and special pensions of lawmakers, considering that these incomes risk taking Romania to a budget deficit that cannot be handled.

Marian Neacsu stated he opts for the freezing of the lawmakers’ lump sum.

“Personally, I’d opt – now you’re going to say I’m subjective because I’m not longer lawmaker – for freezing the sum belonging to the lump sum or the lodging sum and I tend to believe my colleagues will take this overture to completion. Law 96 on the statute of Lower House and Senate members has to be amended in order for us to be able to formalise such an overture,” the PSD Secretary General stated when answering a question about the hiking of the lump sums for lawmakers.

Asked whether he also endorses the freezing of the lawmakers’ special pensions, Marian Neacsu answered affirmatively, arguing that these incomes risk pushing Romania into a budget deficit it cannot handle.

“Again, personally, I believe [in] freezing the special pensions, because continuing to maintain the wage level, obviously that will lead us to a budget deficit we cannot handle,” the PSD Secretary General concluded.

The Lower House and the Senate’s Standing Bureaus decided, on July 5, to postpone the discussion on the hiking of the lawmakers’ lump sums and lodging sums. Nevertheless, according to the Statute of Lower House and Senate members, these sums are to be hiked along with the indemnity, so that the lump sum would end up being RON 19,575 and the lodging sum a minimum of RON 6,525 per month even without an official decision.

According to the new salary law, starting on July 1, the gross monthly indemnities of Lower House and Senate members have grown from RON 7,700 to RON 13,050. This means a lump sum of RON 19,575 per month, up by approximately RON 8,000 compared to the previous level.

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