President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday urged the government to take measures for rapid consolidation of public finance and collection of the government revenues, arguing that vulnerabilities are widening.
“You may remember me having resubmitted the budget for re-examination to Parliament. Meanwhile, vulnerabilities are getting worse – see the budgetary situation at the level of the public administration … I am calling on the Government to take measures to speed up the consolidation of public finance and the collection of government’s revenues,” Iohannis told a plenary meeting of the Coalition for Romania’s Development.
He argued that the Social Democrats, major at rule, have neglected investments in favour of a short-term policy, which will cost all Romanians in the future.
“In business, as in politics, promises have to be followed by results. We have all seen PSD’s famous governance programme, where hundreds of kilometers of motorways, investment in schools and hospitals appear on paper only, when in fact they have remained mere promises. But that programme makes no reference of hundreds of tax changes that we can say elegantly have affected the economy lately or overwhelmed you. The tax code has been changed more often than there are days in a year (…) The PSD has neglected investment in favour of a policy of short-term effects, which will cost us all in the future. You have probably felt the most acutely the lack of predictability and accountability at the decision-makers level, which has profoundly affected the quality of the investment environment in Romania. And nothing is more dangerous to the economy than the absence of confidence, because it reduces the appetite to invest and the desire for development,” Iohannis told the business people in attendance.
He pointed out that the business environment has lately been “disturbed by dangerous and inopportune actions by decision makers” such as government emergency ordinance 114, which shows the “deplorable” quality of the current government.
“Investors and private employers are acutely aware of Romania’s need for infrastructure modernisation and development. And I do not mean motorways only, but all that means modern living standards for citizens: hospitals, schools, railways, airports, energy infrastructure and public utilities, digital infrastructure and training in the industries of the future, a much-discussed issue and in principle a totally neglected one. Instead, the PSD governments that have succeeded in recent years have only taken great care to fight against justice, and subjugate it. And to solve their problem, they have sacrificed the long-term development of Romania,” added Iohannis.
The most eloquent proof, according to him, that demonstrates the government’s indifference to the real needs of Romanians is neglecting the investments on European funds.
“It is true that we are benefiting from record economic growth rates, but I would say that this is growth that is deceiging. The economy is experiencing the accumulation of deficits and imbalances, whether we refer to the labour market, the budget, the trade deficit or the deficit of the current account. For example, the trade deficit and the current account deficit place Romania in the countercurrents of regional development, as other countries in the region are reporting surpluses. We all feel the effects of volatility and uncertainty in exchange rates and in rising prices, thus reaching the highest rate of inflation. In addition, the government’s growing appetite for loans has led us to the highest cost of government funding in the European Union. Long-term borrowing policy to finance current expenditures only transfer to the future the bill for a disastrous governance,” said Iohannis.
Romania closed almost 100 files during presidency of Council of EU
President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday specified that Romania closed almost 100 files while holding the presidency of the Council of EU, pointing out that this is thanks to the technical teams.
“Romania managed to close almost 100 files, which is maybe double compared with what others achieved before us, even more than double. Romania succeed, besides this, to hold a summit in Sibiu that laid the strategic ground for the future mandate of the European institutions and all the participants considered it to be a success. Romania proved that it has good people, too. The criticism that targets the Romanian governors is still valid and my dissatisfactions that I voice as President as well, because we need to tell these things, we shouldn’t deceive ourselves. But we also have good people, very good people in the technical teams and in the teams in Brussels, in the negotiations teams both at the Council of EU and Parliament, and this is why we succeeded, despite having a Government without a valid strategy and a vision for Romania, we managed with the people that we do have to move things exactly where most in the Council of the European Union didn’t expect us to move,” Iohannis said at the plenary siting of the Coalition for Romania’s Development.
He showed that after Romania’s presidency of the Council of the European Union there remain the technical achievements and the fact that Romanians proved at the referendum that they are pro-Europeans.
“What remains after the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union are two things: the technical, practical achievements, which are due to our many specialists who worked for these things and they did a very good job, and the vote in the referendum, which showed that not just our specialists are pro-Europe, and the fact that Romanians proved at the referendum that they are pro-Europe, but also the Romanians, and I believe that these are excellent news for those who were reserved and skeptical about Romania holding the presidency, because of the counter-performance of the Government, but they realized now that Romania is not lost for Europe and that it is a profound pro-European country and, despite a catastrophic government, they are still very good people,” said Iohannis.
Working group at Presidential Administration focusing vote in the Diaspora , established
President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday has announced the establishment of the working group to come up with proposals to improve the organisational and legislative framework for the vote in the diaspora and that this week a document on this topic will already be drafted, to be then sent to the relevant authorities.
“I immediately announced after the elections that I would establish a working group at the Presidential Administration to come up with proposal to improve the organisational and legislative framework. I can now inform you that this group is created and this week we will draft the document to be then sent to all relevant authorities, so that each them be able to do their job best, let’s hope, for the organisation of the next round of elections, the first of which are the presidential elections,” Iohannis said at the plenary sitting of the Coalition for the Romania’s Development.
He criticizes the lack of responsibility of the authorities in respect to the problems recorded at the May 26 vote in the diaspora.
“The Diaspora was, is and will remain in my attention and, unfortunately, the problems haven’t been solved, not even in administrative terms, which should have been easy. Before I started my term in office there was a big scandal related to the elections of November 2014 abroad. I modified the legislation back then, but it seems it’s still not enough and here we are again having recorded the same problems in the elections to the European Parliament and the referendum. But do you think there was someone who took responsibility for it? We have become perfect in the past couple of years in this chapter of avoiding responsibility. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, God Forbid! How can the Minister be guilty?! No, it’s the President. Why did he call the referendum?! The ones who organised it, how can we blame them?! The ambassadors that I appointed are the guilty ones, they should have taken care of things and so on,” said the President.