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PM Tudose: Budget amendment to be done in September

The budget amendment will be carried out in September, premier Mihai Tudose stated Monday evening at private broadcaster Antena 3.

“In September, we are doing all right for the time being,” Tudose said when quizzed about the schedule for the budget amendment.

When asked about the possibility of a second budget rectification, the premier replied: There will always be the last finishing towards the end of the year.”

He wanted to criticise some of the messages of the opposition regarding the budget revenues.

“As regards the messages: ‘oh, by the end of November they won’t have money for salaries any more.’ Mister, if this is a responsible message from the Opposition, forgive me, but I don’t understand anything any more. You big-time leader come to the forefront and say: ‘ my country is in financial collapse’ – no figures no nothing, but it looks good on TV. So that you see, we are not doing any budget amendment, here the pensions will be paid, investments are carried on, PNDL [National Local Development Programme – ed. n] is underway, heavy infrastructure construction sites have been opened,” the Prime Minister further said.

 

Cleaning must be done regarding special pensions, PM Tudose says

 

The government will not issue an Ordinance regarding the special pensions “overnight”, yet “cleaning” is mandatory in this field, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said on Monday night for the private broadcaster Antena 3.

“We will give no Ordinance overnight, I can tell you with all responsibility. It is announced, it is in the public debate, a proof that everybody knows about it and that it will not be enforced immediately. (…) We shall have a period of one month, two months for those who could be in the position to apply for their retirement, to choose. But at least let’s clean, I’m talking about all of te especial pensions. The biggest problem – where the sums and their impact upon the budget are huge – is in the military zone’s pensions, they are very many, too. The magistrates have a special statute, though, there will be another discussion. (…) I’m waiting for solutions from my colleagues,” said Tudose.

According to the head of the gov’t, “slippages” from the past years must be corrected.

“We have to straight slippages from the past years. Nowhere on this planet there is such a situation, a country, a place where when retiring, one cashes from the former job much money than one cashed when working, to retire at 40, 40+ or up until 50 years, on this algorithm. To see one’s pension increasing afterwards once with the salary one used to have when working, for the job one has had, and reach an absolutely hilarious situation – to be retired for 10 years and the job one used to have to be filled by another who’s doing the same job and the retired cashes by 20-30 pct more than the one who works on that very job. Excuse me, but something is fishy here,” Mihai Tudose said, adding that he is not talking “only about the budget impact” but also about “morality.”

According to Tudose, those who have already won certain rights, will not lose them.

“They won’t lose this right they won. (…) Let’s do the cleaning, because otherwise we close our eyes, we turn a blind eye, we don’t assume the cleaning and at some point we’ll find out we are out of solutions. (…) It’s like a fire. We assume we extinguish it now or we let it burn whatever it could, and at some point we find out we cannot put an end to it anymore,” Tudose stressed.

The Labour Ministry will issue an Emergency Ordinance through which the special pensions will not be updated with the salaries of the ones in activity, but will grow with the inflation rate, on Sunday night said the Labour Minister, Lia-Olguta Vasilescu at the private broadcaster Antena 3.

She specified that this ordinance will be enforced around 15 September.

“We have in mind to issue an Ordinance the very next week. We didn’t work on the contributiveness at the Pensions Law, where absolutely mandatory is to perform the increases we have in the governing programme. But, after the Uniform Pay Law has been issued, we realised that if we didn’t correct the system, meaning if we leave the professional pensions update with the level of the salaries in pay, we shall get to a very unpleasant situation as of next year, because unfortunately the economy cannot support such increases. Through this Emergency Ordinance (OUG) we have set up several principles. Firstly, we don’t downsize any paid pension. We have decided to make it come into force around 15th of September, so that nobody could say we have mocked the people. Meaning, whoever wants to retire, they could do that starting with tomorrow until 15 September, but they must know this: their pensions will not be updated with the salaries of the active people, but with the inflation rate y-o-y. I mean, we won’t freeze their pensions, we leave them grow, and this with the inflation rate,” Lia-Olguta Vasilescu explained.

She underlined that currently very many of the system (Defence, Internal Affairs etc) prefer to retire even at 40, because their pension could be of 120 pct of the salary.

The Labour Minister reiterated that this formula of updating is not correct neither toward the ones who have contributed to the pensions fund, nor to the state. She added, since she was quizzed, that this draft Ordinance was not talked with the trade unions, but added that there were discussions when the Uniform Pay Law was analysed “because I knew then very clearly its impact upon the pensions.”

 

PM wants unequivocal law capping child-rearing benefit

 

Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said on Monday, at private broadcaster Antena 3, that the plan to limit the child-rearing benefit to a maximum amount equivalent to 1,800 euros is intended to avoid further slippage in the field and to elaborate an unequivocal law.

“If you want to do something for the country, let’s be honest and put into the spotlight all the misfortunes or follies that have flourished in the meantime. Today, as we are talking, it [the child-rearing benefit – ed. n.] represents 85 percent of the salary. Somebody there, commonsensically said: ‘gentlemen, not everybody has got a salary, they get money from other income sources, (…) they work in miniagriculture [subsistance agriculture – ed. n] around the house, resell, have an income.’ Well, from that came the income, let’s say, even if one sells his house. And, half in earnest, half in jest, I was laughing with a few colleagues: ‘gentlemen, let’s change it [the law – ed. n] until the idea pops into someone’s head to get pregnant, I am talking about Simona Halep, whose income in the last year has been rather important, a few million euro and we’ll have to give her 85 percent of the revenues.’ No, there have been slippages and (…) let’s make them [legal provisions – e.n] so that they can no longer be interpreted,” said Mihai Tudose, quizzed about the expected capping of the child-rearing benefit to a maximum amount, equivalent to 1,800 euro, as it is in Germany.

The Prime Minister also said that it is not normal when someone comes in and claims to be entitled to “receive a 30,000 euro benefit.”

 

“Parents who refuse vaccination could have parental rights terminated”

 

Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said on Monday, at private TV broadcaster Antena 3, that as regards the national vaccination programme, there have been identified issues such as the lack of involvement of doctors, the low awareness among the population about the risks of non-vaccination, adding that solutions are being sought in relation to parents who are “obstinate” on this subject, to be implemented in the new law on vaccination, one solution taken into account being the termination of parental rights for those who refuse vaccination.

The Prime Minister also stressed the importance of the public awareness campaign about the risks to which children are exposed through non-vaccination, a campaign carried out lately through the mass media and the social networks.

“I thank all the televisions, all the media channels, including the newly created world of Facebook, of electronic communication, which has become very active in supporting this demarche and having an extraordinary effect, has actually begun to increase the percentage [of vaccinations – ed.n.] in the last two weeks (…) because thanks to you, to those wonderful people who have understood that it is their duty as Romanians to convince as many as possible that it is not a whim, that diseases have been eradicated in this world by mere vaccination,” Tudose stated.

“For the time being, I think we have to go beyond the next two stages, the first, the awareness raising and the second, of the doctors’ sustained effort,” Tudose said

“We are trying to find some procedures that will yield results, and we are currently discussing with some child protection specialists … a parent may have his/her rights terminated even if the parent does not treat the child for a cold or the flu and then, the Child Protection intervenes and saves the child. I believe this is eventually the way to go. One cannot say that he/she is a parent, one has three children, and say: ‘I will not vaccinate them because my children will not get sick.’ They generally do get sick,” PM Tudose further said.

 

Prime Minister  says more liaison staff to be deployed to countries with strong Romanian communities

 

Premier Mihai Tudose on Monday told the Antena 3 private broadcaster that “more liaison staff will be deployed” to countries like Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom, that have large Romanian communities living and working there.

“Our policy, mine and of the colleagues in the government, is not to turn a blind eye to certain issues. (…) We started with Spain, but there are issues not only in Spain, they arise in Italy too, they may also occur in the UK, particularly in the areas where there are many Romanians,” Tudose said in connection with the responsibilities he assigned to particular ministers in order to prevent and combat labor exploitation of Romanians who work abroad.

According to the head of the government, the structures of the Romanian state are currently undersized.

“After all, an additional 20 people is not an effort the country cannot afford. It’s as if we had a one-million strong city with just one policeman, one judge, one priest a.s.o. The Spanish officials give us all the support and they have proven that they truly help and respect the rights of the Romanians there. It is our duty to help the officials of the host country, sending more liaison staff to places with large Romanian communities. To this adds the better information of those who go there about the rights, obligations, and risks they take in connection with human trafficking. Such actions will be organized both at the place of destination – be it Spain, the UK or Italy – and at their home place,” said Tudose.

“Mrs. Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastirnac is starting a campaign on this subject, in Romania included, in the counties that are most prone to exporting people, the more so as many are coming home now, in summer,” Tudose said.

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