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September 29, 2020

Ruling coalition to discuss 2019 budget, Tariceanu announces

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Tuesday, at the Palace of Parliament, that he informally knows that the no-confidence motion against the Government will be tabled by the Opposition on Wednesday, pointing out that the motion will be debated next week.

“I have understood, informally, that the no-confidence motion will probably be tabled tomorrow. As you know, it’s scheduled. So, the no-confidence motion will be debated next week,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Tuesday at the end of the joint meeting of the Standing Bureaus.

The Liberals have announced that the tabling of a no-confidence motion this week was on the agenda of their Executive Bureau meeting on Tuesday.

Premier Viorica Dancila stated early this month that the no-confidence motion does not make her nervous because there still is a parliamentary majority and she trusts her party colleagues.

Calin Popescu Tariceanu alo announced on Tuesday that a discussion on the draft budget for 2019 would take place within the coalition. The statement comes against the backdrop in which Liviu Dragnea has said that next year’s draft budget will be tabled in Parliament on December 13 at the latest.

“We started the talks yesterday (Monday – editor’s note) and we will continue. At this moment I can’t tell you, we haven’t seen the draft budget in all its dimensions. After we get a clearer picture of the main budgetary provisions, I want us to talk with the Finance Minister to see what his philosophy is, how it is thought-out, which goals it answers. After that I will be able to make more comments. We will probably hold talks later today (Tuesday – editor’s note),” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Tuesday at the Palace of Parliament.

PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Monday, after the party’s National Executive Committee meeting, that he received assures from the Government that the draft 2019 budget will be tabled in Parliament on December 13 at the latest.

“Mr Tariceanu and I will discuss with our colleagues from the Government. The Government has assured us that it will enter Parliament on the 13th,” party leader Liviu Dragnea stated after PSD’s NatExCom meeting.

Referring to the country’s budget for 2019, Eugen Teodorovici stated last Tuesday that he sees no reason why the 2019 budget would not receive the Supreme Defence Council’s (CSAT) endorsement in due time, despite the disputes he had with President Klaus Iohannis during the first budget revision. The CSAT meeting was still taking place when this issue went to print.

The CSAT, which is chaired by Klaus Iohannis, did not endorse the first budget revision this year. Most of the President’s reticence was attributed to the fact that the Presidency’s budget was cut as part of that budget revision.


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