PSD’s Dragnea: Romania’s GDP registers 25pct increase in 2018 compared to 2016. Orban: Dragnea presents fictitious economic growth

Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea says that Romania’s GDP registered a 25pct increase in 2018 compared to 2016.

“Romania ended last year with budget revenues of 295.1 billion lei, up 71.2 billion lei more than in 2016, representing an increase of 32pct! Romania’s GDP reached 949.6 billion lei in 2018, by 188.2 billion lei in addition from 2016, that is a 25pct increase! These are the highest increases in two consecutive years in Romania’s history!”, Liviu Dragnea wrote on his Facebook account on Sunday.

PNL’s Orban: Dragnea presents fictitious economic growth

Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Ludovic Orban said on Sunday that Social Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea presented a “fictitious” economic growth.

“If in one year the economic growth was 6.9 percent and in the other year it will close at 4.2 percent – 4.3 percent how do you get a 25 percent increase? (…) Other data are certain. The leu has collapsed. (…) For everything that is contracted in euro the Romanians will take out more money out of their pockets (…) It is a fictitious economic growth. This is not an economic growth that is based on the real motors of growth – on increasing the competitiveness of the companies, on investments, they have killed off the investments completely. I do not know what figures Dragnea has there, but the Ministry of Finance had the obligation to provide the budget execution and has not tabled it yet. He [Dragnea, ed.n.] scribbles something, trying to pin down some figures,” Orban said on Sunday at private TV broadcaster B1 TV.

He also said that many companies will be affected by the Government Emergency Ordinance (OUG) no. 114/2018 on fiscal measures, mentioning that there will be increases in the energy price of 35-50 percent.

“Any increase in income was only on paper. (…) PSD [Social Democratic Party, ed.n.] cut pensions in 2018 and will cut them in 2019 too,” added Ludovic Orban.

He argued that not adopting the state budget for this year creates uncertainties for companies and citizens.

Orban reiterated the request to repeal OUG 114/2018 on fiscal measures.

According to CNS Cartel Alfa, in a press release on 30 December 2018, by endorsing the OUG 144/2018, the Gov’t once again thinks only of the elected, and not of the citizens. The trade unionists condemn the fact that OUG 144/2018, adopted around the winter holidays and without any prior consultation with its social partners, includes measures to freeze the rights of other categories of public servants. The CNS Cartel Alfa maintains that the elected and the persons with the leadership of the public authorities are the only category of public servants whose salaries are automatically increasing with each increase in the minimum wage, which is a discrimination against the other public employees.

“If there are budget constraints, then the first measure must be to eliminate the privileges, the abusive special pensions, the capping of the special indemnities, and not cutting from the employees’ salaries who work on shifts to cover the huge staff shortage or under stressful, dangerous and risky working conditions,” the trade union’s release says.

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