The Government assumed responsibility, on Monday, in the joint plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, on the draft law of the state budget for 2020.
“Our objective was to succeed in adopting by December 31 the budget and the social insurance budget draft law. (…) We are using for the first time a way of adopting the state budget that has not been used before – the procedure of the Government assuming responsibility. It is a procedure regulated in the Constitution and unlike an emergency ordinance, it has aspects that make it more democratic. We have surprised with the assumption of responsibility. (…) We have passed many amendments voiced by the MPs. if there are parties that consider the law must not come into force, they have at their disposal the instrument of the censure motion,” said Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, in Parliament’s plenary, at the joint meeting for the assumption of responsibility on the budget.
The premier said he chose this procedure because otherwise the budget could not have been passed by the end of the year and added that the budget is built on real data and an economic growth of 4.1pct, an inflation rate of 3.1pct and an average exchange rate of 4.75 lei for one euro. According to Orban, the amounts allocated for Health and Education will increase.
“Have confidence in this budget, it was built with great care, by trying to provide all the financial resources, all the necessary expenditures,” concluded Ludovic Orban.
The Government has also assumed responsibility, on Monday, in the joint plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, on the 2020 social insurance budget law.
“The draft law of the social insurance budget took into account the pension law in force, and we have provided for the necessary amounts for the increase of pensions in the draft law we presented in Parliament,” said Prime Minister Orban.
Ciolacu: PSD does not rule our submitting censure motion
Social Democratic Party (PSD) Acting Chairman Marcel Ciolacu stated the Social Democrats do not rule out the submission of a censure motion, in case other parties wish to engage in this endeavor.
“All the versions have been discussed. We do not rule out the three-day motion, in case other political parties wish to join in our endeavor,” he told a press statement at the end of the PSD Executive Committee meeting held prior the joint sitting of the Parliament for the Government’s assumption of responsibility on the state budget and the social insurance draft laws for 2020 and the amendment of Emergency Ordinance 114/2018.