President Klaus Iohannis stated, on Tuesday, that the simple motion against the Finance Minister Florin Citu (photo) represents a “ruffian manifestation of the PSD [Social Democratic Party]”, firstly because it did not fit the criteria in the Senate’s Rules regarding the way in which such a document is elaborated.
“Firstly, the so-called simple motion does not fit the criteria in the Senate’s Rules in what regards the way in which a simple motion is elaborated. Secondly, we could observe, I hope, most of us with indignation, how the former Finance Minister, surrounded by a groundlessly happy group of PSD senators, pass in front or behind the person who was giving an interview, considering it’s an appropriate moment to insult the current Finance Minister in an unspeakable way in front of the cameras. This confirms to me that it was an intentional ruffian manifestation and a democratic slippage,” said Iohannis, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, referirng to the simple motion against Minister of Public Finance, Florin Citu adopted by the Senate on Monday with 59 votes “for”, 56 “against” and two abstentions.
In his opinion, the President of the Senate, “who they probably chose so he can be obedient,” could have stopped this “inopportune” demarche.
“Thus, I consider this is an incorrect, inadmissible and inopportune eduction of the PSD in the Senate. From here we can draw some important lessons. The first would be that, for the PSD, still, whatever is not PSD and does not serve the PSD people directly, is no good and must be insulted and pointed out. It’s an attitude that I classified in the campaign as undemocratic, the attitude of an unreformed party, an attitude that shows disdain for democratic institutions and a profound disdain for Romanians. The second thing we may learn from the so-called motion is that the PSD, still has the power in important institutions. So the PSD did not leave power, it does not want to understand the message given on May 26 and in November and Romanians see this,” said Klaus Iohannis .
The simple motion, titled “PNL Government, your name is austerity” was initiated by 41 Social Democratic Party (PSD)’s senators.
“Mr. Citu, as minister, made hazardous and irresponsible statements only to serve political orders of the party he represents in a moment with maximum public exposure – the electoral campaign for the presidential elections,” the simple motion mentions.
According to the quoted source, the only “certainty” after the investiture of the Orban Government and the installation of Florin Citu in Finances “is, at this moment, the devaluation of the leu in relation to the euro and US dollar, which will translate for Romania’s population into increased bills, prices for goods and services, of installments for bank credits and inflation.”
The motion also states that “the ROBOR (interbank offered rate) index at 3 months, which is the basis for the interest rate calculation for most credits in lei, has risen to 3.03 pct, the highest level in the past month, according to data published on Monday, December 2, by the National Bank of Romania (BNR). On Friday, the ROBOR at 3 months has stagnated at 2.99 pct. On Monday, this index rose to 3.03 pct, the highest level since October 29, when it was also 3.03 pct […] Thus, the month of November came with record devaluation of the national currency, and the main cause is the irresponsibility of the public statements made by Mr. Citu from the position of Minister of Finance.”
The document also refers to the “algorithm for firing, which was already established: simple, dry, percentile. It’s the must have measure number 4 of Citu’s list – the introducing of the 85/15 principle, meaning employees in the budget sector can’t represent more than 15 pct of the total employees in the economy.”
“Of the approximately 6 million employees – in state and the private business environment, only 900,000 persons to work in the state system would remain of the approximately 1,300,000 employed in the public apparatus – ministries, agencies, local administration, educational staff, medical doctors, firemen, policemen, soldiers, researchers, etc. The difference is exactly 400,000 that they announced they want to fire! If there were only dry numbers and some simple calculations with percentages, we could even add, but, what do you know, in the entire administrative apparatus – central and local – only 280,000 people work, who obviously, can’t all be fired!” the PSD motion shows.