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President Iohannis: Censure motion is inappropriate, PSD probably seeking solutions for their barons

President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that in his opinion, the censure motion moved by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) is inappropriate, arguing that this party has no solutions for Romania, but only seeks “solutions for the barons who feel cut off from public resources”.

“This censure motion seems inappropriate to me for very simple and clear reasons. If the country is in the grip of an epidemic and we are in an economic crisis, it’s unfit for the opposition to file a censure motion. This only shows that the party that lodged the motion, PSD, is not just cynical – we already determined that when they dragged their feet on the approval of the quarantine law – but irresponsible as well. You cannot come in full pandemic and economic crisis to overthrow the government just in order to show your base that you still exist, because that’s what it is all about. PSD has no solutions for Romania, is has no solutions for the Romanians, PSD is probably looking for solutions for the barons who feel cut off from public resources and are probably suffering,” Iohannis told a press conference at the Cotroceni Palace.


I am against party switching, I never vouched for party switchers


President Klaus Iohannis stated on Wednesday, in a press conference at the Cotroceni Palace, that he is against party switching, and politicians that have gone from one party to another must explain to their own electorate.

“I never vouched for party switchers, I don’t intend to do it and I don’t believe anyone suspects I did it. I am against party switching, and those mayors or MPs or councillors that have gone from one party to another don’t have to explain to me why they did it, because I have no authority to tell any politician what to do. But each of them will have to explain to their own electorate why they went from one side to another. But for me, any other time, please ask me in a correct formula, which does not resolve into a totally erroneous supposition,” said the head of state, answering to a question by the journalists.

Answering to a similar question, Iohannis explained that it is possible for a politician to switch from one party to another when they change doctrine, yet such cases are rare.


School must start, even if not as usual, it’s inadmissible to have lost generation


School will not start as usual, but “it’s very clear that it must start,” in order to not have a lost generation, stated, on Wednesday, President Klaus Iohannis.

“It’s obvious that when a student accuses symptoms, he/she must be sent to the physician to check what the issue is. In the situation of an epidemic, even more so. It’s however very clear that school will not begin as usual, when people were gathering in the courtyard, all glad to start school. They will not gather. School, however, must start, because it’s inadmissible we have a lost generation. In specialty mediums there are talks to prevent the generation of the pandemic,” said the head of state in a press conference held at the Cotroceni Palace.

According to him, children must go to school, must learn, must meet other children their age, but for this there is need for regulations, orders, special procedures in the times of the pandemic.

“And this is worked on together by the Education Ministry with the Health Ministry. There are draft regulations, they are discussed and in a very short time, certainly, they will be approved and made public. The measures are not complicated, so people shouldn’t imagine there will be a great book of rules. No, the basic rules are the same: mask, distance, hygiene. The rest are specialty matters – what’s to be done if they notice a pupil is sick, what to be done when the school truly has cases of the disease, which schools shut down, which do not. These are already matters of specialty and will be treated as such by those in that specialty,” the president mentioned, according to Agerpres.


I don’t think there will be a boycott of the school year start


President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that he doesn’t believe there will be a boycott of the school year start, adding that he understands very well the concerns of the education trade unions regarding wage increases.

“I don’t think there will be a boycott of the school year start, but I can very well understand their concerns. There has been talk about an earlier increase of wages – let’s be honest and admit it, for electoral purposes – because according to the Wage Law these increases should have come into effect in 2022. For a variety of reasons, there has been talk about moving the increase forward, more specifically they were supposed to get a rise earlier this year and then again before the start of the school year. For regrettable reasons that have to do with the epidemic and the economic crisis, the budget has shrunk instead of growing and the government now has to manage what is left of the available budget,” Iohannis said in a news conference on Wednesday.

He mentioned that “the 8 percent increase due at the beginning of the year has been carried into effect”.

“So, this year the teaching staff received a wage increase. It is a fact, it is easy to verify, everyone can count their money at home. Due to budgetary constraints, regrettably, the autumn increase is no longer possible and has been postponed for next year, when we are convinced that the economic situation will be better than this year, and when everyone hopes that this growth can be put into practice. This is regrettable, just as the impossibility to increase pensions and child allowances, but these are the available resources and this is what the government must operate with,” the President argued.

The head of the state reminded that the Ministry of Education has prepared online teaching platforms.

“I think that solutions can be found for each particular case. But we must start from a realistic premise: most schools will work with in-person attendance and where this is not possible, the best solutions must be found through collaboration between the Ministry of Education, the local authorities and inspectorates to facilitate access to learning for those children, so that they don’t fall behind and don’t lose those school days,” Iohannis added, according to Agerpres.


Increase in child allowances and pensions is achieved in the context of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic


The increase in child allowances and pensions is achieved in the context of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, president Klaus Iohannis told a press conference on Wednesday.

“No one wanted this epidemic that has globally developed into a pandemic. I cannot think that anyone wanted an economic crisis for Romania. But this epidemic has come and consequently the economic crisis has occurred. Here we are and these things need to be resolved. At the same time, obviously everyone wants to earn better and the governors, of course, want to give more money to the people, who have higher expectations. But to make these things possible, that money must exist,” the president said.

According to Iohannis, “it is not possible to dole out money that does not exist and if Romania enters the economic crisis and the revenues are reduced, it is clear that the expenses cannot be increased”.

“However – I have said this from the very beginning and I am glad that many in the National Liberal Party share the same opinion -, we cannot have a situation where the most vulnerable categories, children and pensioners, pay the bill for this epidemic and for the economic recession. And then, although the vast majority of the specialists, the economists have repeated in countless occasions that neither pensions nor allowances can be increased, we have asked the Government to find solutions yet to increase them as much as possible. And here, they came up with solutions to increase the allowances in stages, a very suitable solution, and the increase of the pension point is also carried out. So, in conditions where most specialists said this couldn’t be done, the Government still came up with a solution to rise pensions. So we’re not talking about anything else, this is as good as it gets under the current circumstances. Later, when the economy recovers, solutions will surely be found for further increases,” the president stressed.


Fraud of Belarus elections cannot be left without answer by EU


The fraud at the elections in Belarus, the violent repression of the protesters, as well as the inhuman treatments the citizens detained were subjected to cannot be left without an answer on the part of the EU, emphasized, on Wednesday, President Klaus Iohannis.

“In the intervention that I had I emphasized that the fraud at the presidential elections [in Belarus], the violent repression of protests, the inhuman treatments the detained citizens were subjected to cannot be left without an answer on the part of the EU. I requested the immediate intervention in the violence against peaceful protesters, as well as the freeing of the persons held illegally. It’s necessary to start some transparent investigation on all the abuses reported, following which those guilty be held accountable,” said the President in a press conference held at the Cotroceni Palace.

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