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President Iohannis, EU Commissioner Oettinger discuss future EU budget. PM Tudose: Meeting with Oettinger, very good; contradicted sources that deficit would be 4pct

President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday welcomed European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger at Cotroceni Palace to discuss the future multiannual financial framework of the European Union post 2020.

“President Klaus Iohannis underscored that to Romania talks on the post-2020 European Union budget are of particular importance as the country will be one of the member states to manage budget negotiations and to hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2019,” the Presidential Administration says in a press statement.

Iohannis stated himself in favour of a balanced future budget of the European Union that is capable of meeting all the expectations of the member states and European citizens, to accommodate both the new priorities and those that have led to the bridging of gaps and economic growth in the EU. He also voiced hope that the future multiannual budget will strengthen unity and convergence within the European Union.

At the same time, Iohannis voiced Romania’s priority interest in securing, in the future EU multiannual budget, the most important allocations for the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy.

President Iohannis also underlined the fact that Romania supports a strong cohesion policy and a strong agricultural policy in order to be able to respond as effectively as possible to the economic, environmental and social challenges facing the EU.

In his turn, Commissioner Oettinger said the European Commission intends to put forth in May 2018 a proposal for the EU’s multi-annual budget post 2020, voicing hope that it could be adopted as early as possible in 2019.

 

PM Tudose: Meeting with Oettinger, very good; contradicted sources that deficit would be 4pct

 

Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said Thursday that his meeting with the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger was “very good,” and that the latter contradicted the “sources in Romania” that Romania’s government deficit would be 4 percent.

“That was a very good meeting. He allowed himself to contradict – insert quotation marks – sources in Romania that have said the government deficit is 4 percent. He came out publicly to say he was optimistic about Romania, and even happy with certain areas, and that, from their data, the targeted deficit is below 3 percent both in 2017 and 2018,” Tudose said at the beginning of a government meeting.

He said that the European official had a meeting with the minister of finance where he was unveiled the tax measures the Romanian Government intends to introduce next year.

 

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