PM Viorica Dancila claimed on Tuesday, in the plenary session of the Parliament, at the “Prime-Minister’s Hour”, being asked by the National Liberal Party (PNL) to explain where are the money coming from the economic growth, that PSD’s opponents have launched an alarmist speech to challenge the governing program, but “exporting these political speeches will not lead to anything good”.
PM said that it is essential to understand what has been done for Romanians and to waive the political speech. She said that the governing program was rejected by the opposition from the beginning, through “alarmist” speeches.
“It is essential to understand what has been done for people, to waive the political speech and see if this brings a better image or is a good thing for Romania or for Romanians. The PSD governing program was automatically rejected from the beginning by the opponents of the party that I represent. This is the truth. In 2017, PSD’s opponents have launched an alarmist speech to challenge this program, and I am telling you very honestly, it wasn’t good for Romania” PM Dancila stated.
Also, the head of the Executive explained that “we need more responsibility when exporting messages outside Romania”, mentioning that this economic growth and the responsible manner in which the PSD Government used it have demonstrated the viability of the PSD governing program.
“We need more responsibility. When these messages are exported outside the country, is this useful to Romanians, to Romania? Absolutely not. Therefore, although there have been major divergences between the economic policies of PSD and PNL over the time, such a radicalization of the public speech has never been reached so far. The economic growth since 2017 and the responsible manner in which the PSD Government used it have demonstrated the viability of the PSD governing program and the PSD-ALDE’s capacity to achieve a smooth governance” she added.
Viorica Dancila wished to mention that the alarming scenarios have not come true and Romania recorded one of the biggest economic growths in Europe. At the same time, the head of the Government stated that, although there were major divergences between the economic policies of PSD and PNL, “never before has such radicalization of the public discourse been reached”.
“The alarming scenarios have not come true. On the contrary, Romania recorded one of the biggest economic growths in Europe and even in the world, and this growth is now reflected into the Romanians’ pockets. Since I was appointed as a PM, I declared myself available and open to dialogue. This is the only way in which Romania can go ahead. Hatred, disagreement, the export of these political speeches outside the country will not lead to anything good” she also said.
She said that Romania registered a record economic growth of 7% in 2017, meaning a GDP of 856.4 billion lei.
“In 2017, the added value in the economy was 94 billion lei, almost double from the 49.7 billion lei in 2016. Added to this is 11.8 billion lei from import. The most are intermediate goods for industrial production and capital goods. As such, according to the National Statistics Institute, for the year 2017, in the national economy as a whole, the money from the economic growth used for consumption and investments amounted to 105.8 billion lei,” said Dancila.
PM also believes that the opposition is an extremely important element in adjusting the governing.
“I am saying this with the belief that the opposition is an extremely important element in adjusting the governing, I am saying this also hoping that in the Centenary year we will be able to do what we didn’t do in 2017 – to rebuild the political dialogue and to build a smooth governing for Romania and for Romanians all over the world, each of us by achieving its role, but yet being together” Dancila stated.
PNL’s Turcan to Dancila: Your Government seems to be just as resigned with the failure as the Grindeanu and Tudose Governments
PNL Vice Chairman Raluca Turcan stated on Tuesday, at the debates in the Parliament, in which PM Viorica Dancila also participated to explain where are the money from the economic growth, that the current Executive is as resigned with the failure as the previous governments – Grindeanu and Tudose.
“Prime-Minister, both you and the de facto leader of the governing alliance, Mr. Liviu Dragnea, sent the message that you have understood the reasons of the failure of the previous governments and that you formed a Government in order to remedy the numerous problems and delays in the governing. After the first months, Prime-Minister, your Government seems to be as resigned with the failure as the Grindeanu and Tudose Governments” Turcan said in the plenary session of the Parliament.
She claimed that the only thing brought by this Government is rising prices.
“You said you will raise salaries, but the only thing pragmatically brought by your governing was rising prices. And prices are so high that the purchasing power was diminished with the highest percentage in the EU. This is the reality and these are the figures. In this Government, you pretend that you are working, you are looking for enemies for the problems caused by yourself, and all this time problems become more serious and chronic. The budget deficit is growing, the trade deficit is growing. There is an unprecedented chaos related to the subsidies for farmers. There is a poorer and poorer state of public roads, the projects for infrastructure, highways and national roads are missing. Private companies are totally burdened and state companies are drained of resources or robbed by the hordes of political props” Raluca Turcan also said.
“During this time, tens of thousands of Romanians choose to leave the country because of lack of employment opportunities. What should have been a wage increase turned to be, overall, a decrease, according to official figures. It was actually a big hoax, as wage increases have been actually slashed by the so-called wage law and the so-called tax reform. Public sector employees have been left with little, many of them even saw their earnings diminished, and 40 percent of private sector employees stood to lose in terms of the personal budget. (…) Mrs. Prime Minister, please answer this in a clear and concise manner, do you have the resources to pay, as of April 1, increased wages to the education staff, or do you have a 3-bln euro worth of financial issue you are now scrambling to solve seeking to get money from all the state institutions? What are the immunoglobulin stocks in Romanian hospitals, which is the stage of equipment procurements for the upgrading of hospitals, what is the progress of the Sibiu-Pitesti highway and why is the project stalled? (…) I urge you to consider these issues as real, all the issues raised could have been subject to investigations, not those you have conducted,” Turcan concluded.