Bucharest Municipality, as well as the district mayoralties, will receive the needed money at the budget revision of July, Gabriela Firea announced on Tuesday after the meeting she had at the Victoria Palace with PM Viorica Dancila and the Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici.
A working meeting took place on Tuesday between Premier Viorica Dancila, Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici, Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea, and the mayors of Bucharest’s six districts, meeting in which the budgets of the mayoralties were discussed. The meeting took place after Gabriela Firea stated that mayoralties are in undeclared bankruptcy and that the budgets earmarked were mostly “on paper.” In order to carry out its activity, the local public administration needs one billion lei.
“I had a meeting with the Prime Minister, with the Finance Minister and my colleagues, the district mayors. We analyzed, with the figures on the table, the situation of all the budgets, namely the one of the Bucharest Municipality and those of the 6 districts. Both us and the Finance Ministry came with solutions yesterday, too. We, the Prime Minster and the Finance Minister, have agreed to try to overcome this blockage together; the technicians in the Finance Ministry also came with solutions and you can imagine we are all very interested in the budget revision to be made in July. We are waiting for this money to rebalance the budgets of the Bucharest Municipality and the districts”, Gabriela Firea stated after the meeting she had with PM Viorica Dancila and the Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici.
The Mayor said there is a deficit of RON 1 billion, which must be compensated in one way or another.
“As you know, we contracted a loan in order to pay an outstanding bill for the gas supply in this winter, and all the other bills will be paid when we will receive the money at the budget revision we are waiting. It’s true that June has to pass. The revision of the budget will be in July. We received the quotas for June, and when the revision will be done, we will receive both the outstanding previous amounts and the plan sheet for the relevant month. What was discussed at this meeting is not a trick. (…) Both promises, the one of the Prime Minister and the one of the Finance Minister, are firm, so the entire amount that actually unbalanced the budgets will be recovered”, Gabriela Firea added.
The Bucharest General Mayor also said that other discussions will take place between the Government’s representatives and the mayors in the country.
“We also made suggestions for the Budget Law of the next year, but they will be discussed in a larger context, together with the mayors all over the country. That’s the fair approach. (The discussion – e.n.) wasn’t necessarily tensed, but it was pretty sad. It’s not a joy not to have money and be unable to pay the subsidies for the public transport, heating, hospitals”, Firea concluded.
District 3 Mayor: We’re promised that the sums we were deprived of will be returned
Robert Negoita, Mayor of Bucharest’s District 3, has stated, following his talks with the Premier and the Finance Minister, that he expects the Government to keep its promises in what concerns the financial solutions for the functioning of mayoralties.
“I want to thank the representatives of the Government (…) for taking the time to talk with us and to reanalyse the discussion we had in January, back when we also signed a document stipulating certain things. Things that did not take place precisely as written in the document, but let’s leave the past as it was. We have the Prime Minister and Finance Minister’s commitment to return, as part of the budget adjustment, the sums we were deprived of during the first three months of the year. Consequently, it’s a step forward, we have a promise, let’s hope this will happen as part of the budget adjustment,” Robert Negoita, Mayor of Bucharest’s District 3, stated when leaving the talks with the Premier and Finance Minister.
The mayor added that the Government has decided to schedule for next Wednesday, at 3 p.m., meetings with the mayors of municipalities, communes and cities, in order to discuss in this logic with mayors from across the country too.
Dancila on mayoralties’ crisis: Mr Negoita is a bit pessimistic, he sees everything bleakly. The mayors signed this budget
Premier Viorica Dancila stated on Tuesday that she talked with the mayors and will continue the series of meetings so that the modifications required for the mayoralties to get out of crisis would be carried out as part of the budget adjustment, but said that the mayors are those who signed this budget.
“I had a meeting with all the mayors of Bucharest’s districts, in order to see how we would carry out the budget adjustment. We will talk with the mayors of cities and we will talk with the local administration so as not to end up in this situation,” Viorica Dancila stated.
Several mayors have complained of the grave situation local administrations find themselves in, while Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea talked about the Bucharest City Hall being in undeclared bankruptcy.
Asked whether the Government is to blame, as some mayors claim, the Premier said: “depends who made that statement and if, when we look at the budget, we must see whether it is the Government’s fault.”
When told that Robert Negoita was the one who made that statement, Dancila said: “Mr Negoita is a bit pessimistic, he sees everything bleakly, he sees bankruptcy. We are more optimistic. (…) These things – maybe some of them are wrong, we can’t say everything is perfect – may be unfair, we are trying to remedy them, but I remind them that they signed for this budget and they didn’t signal anything. We must have an open and constructive approach.”