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President Iohannis: If pandemic doesn’t get worse and we take strict measures we can have elections

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday stated that local elections can be organised in September if the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t get worse and strict measures are being taken.

“Personally, I am convinced that, if the pandemic doesn’t get worse and we take strict and specific measures, we can have elections. And I want to be very clear when speaking about the elections: we will organise everything very well for the people to be safe when coming to vote. For it’s not more complicated to come to vote than going to the hypermarket or to the store to buy bread. We can take distancing measures, safety measures, hygiene measures. The more complicated thing is to organise the campaign itself, in case that the pandemic doesn’t get worse or stays the same, for this campaign will be facing atypical conditions,” Iohannis told a press conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

 

Meeting with IntMin Vela, State Secretary Arafat on severe coronavirus situation to take place on Thursday

 

He announced  that that he will have a meeting on Thursday with Interior Minister Marcel Vela and head of the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU) Raed Arafat, for an up-to-date analysis of the novel coronavirus situation, pointing out that the situation is extremely severe.

“Tomorrow I will have a meeting with the interior minister and the head of DSU for an up-to-date analysis of the situation. This is a critical moment, and the measures to protect the population, as Romania has recorded almost 1,200 cases of infection, are extremely important. The situation is extremely severe and we must be aware of the imperative need to keep the epidemic under control,” Iohanis told a news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

 

Romania to buy the COVID-19 vaccine as Health Ministry takes necessary steps

 

The Head of State  said on Wednesday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace that the Ministry of Health has taken the necessary steps to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine together with other EU countries, insofar as it is available.

“We are going to buy the vaccine, insofar as it is available, and medicines. This is the issue that the Ministry of Health is dealing with and I can tell you that the Ministry of Health has taken the necessary steps to be with the other EU states that have announced their intention to get the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available. We are inside the process,” Iohannis told a news conference responding to a question about Romania’s purchase of the vaccine.

 

Pensions to increase, but 40% increase is simply not possible

 

President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that pensions will increase, but it is “simply impossible” to increase them by 40%.

“It is obvious that a 40% increase in pensions is simply not possible, there is not money. On the other hand, it is reasonable to think of an increase in pensions. We cannot leave the most vulnerable category, pensioners, to pay in full the costs of the recession, of the economic contraction. But here, too, the just measure is important,” Iohannis declared at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He said the Government would decide how much the pensions would be increased.

“Pensions will increase. How much will this increase be, the Government will calculate and will come up with the necessary measures,” the head of state said, according to Agerpres.

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