President Klaus Iohannis signed on Friday the decree on the promulgation of the 2019 State Budget Law, but he didn’t miss the opportunity to launch new attacks against the ruling Social Democratic Party. He said that the 2019 state budget law was not re-examined by Parliament, reaching unchanged for promulgation, and accused PSD of ill will.
“PSD has failed the last test of responsibility. The state budget law which we sent to Parliament for the correction of the serious errors in its content, has reached the promulgation unchanged. One day – that’s how long PSD has allocated in to Parliament for the re-examination of such an important bill for the country. It is not only a serious lack of seriousness, PSD’s refusal to amend a budget that will obviously generate negative effects in the economy, unfortunately, felt by the citizens is indeed an instance of ill will. I would have liked to promulgate a good budget for Romania and for Romanians. It was not meant to be,” the head of state said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He stated that PSD did not take into account his remarks, from a “purely political logic”.
According to him, there will be no hospitals and motorways but higher prices, new taxes and dues, deficits and economic imbalances.
“PSD is the only culprit for delaying Romania’s progress. It is in vain that PSD is trying to find scapegoats when the budget was actually delayed too much because the Government approved it and sent it to Parliament for debates with a three month delay over the deadline provided for by law. Most of PSD members, interested in crony politics and fights against Justice demonstrate a serious lack of responsibility regarding Romania’s public finances and economic situation,” Iohannis said.
In his opinion, the Gov’t emergency ordinance (GEO) no. 114 shows that the government is a “toxic one for the economic and financial stability of Romania and for the well-being of the population, which each day fares the final costs of PSD incompetence and imposture.”
“The experiments of so-called PSD visionaries threaten the future of some vital economic sectors for Romania. They have concocted a nice budget that looks good on paper, but based on the promise that certain leaks will be filled at the budget rectification. The most vulnerable categories are cynically mentioned in populist speeches, but political decisions show that PSD is not at all interested in what happens to these people,” said Iohannis.
He said that all PSD governing over the last two years is a “big black hole for the Romanian economy and for the Romanian society”.
“The PSD governing has failed!”, concluded the head of state.
Klaus Iohannis demands that PM Dancila no longer deceive Romanians with early pension rises
He also demanded that Prime Minister Viorica Dancila no longer deceive Romanians, saying that the pensions were not increased in advance.
“As to pensions, it is clear that the Government is living in a parallel world. No, Prime Minister, you did not increase anything in advance, stop lying to the Romanians, stop deceiving the Romanians and read your own governing program! There it is written clearly that in 2018, the retirement point will be 1,100 lei, and in 2019 it will be 1,265 lei. Do you know how much is the pension point now? No, it’s not 1,265 lei, as you promised and how it says in your governing program! It’s 1,100 lei. As late as September, with the increase you promised and which, sincerely, I do not know if you will respect it, it will increase to what you promised for the whole year – 1,265 lei. So, for 2019, the increase in pensions is only a quarter of what you promised and only in the last three months,” the head of state said at the Cotroceni Palace.
He argued that the “anticipated increases” presented by Premier Dancila are “only a delayed grant of the rights that were promised to the pensioners”.