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PM Orban: Decisions on the next pension increase stages will be made based on economic developments

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Tuesday in the southern town of Alexandria that the decisions on the next pension increase stages will be made based on economic developments.

“Pensions increase starting today. The government has decided to increase the pension point and the topped up amounts are disbursed starting September; the pension point has increased by 14 percent, that’s what we could afford with the existing resources. We’ll make all subsequent decisions based on economic developments,” Orban said, according to Agerpres.

Asked if he will take into account the opinion expressed by the Fiscal Council, that subsequent increases should be put on hold and the pension point should be indexed only for inflation in 2021, the Prime Minister replied: “That is just a recommendation”.

PM Orban made these statements on the occasion of the opening of the kindergarten in Draganesti-Vlasca – Teleorman County, an investment financed from government funds.

I am profoundly displeased with the way in which several auction procedures took place

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban expressed, on Tuesday, his displeasure with the way in which a series of auction procedures took place, such as that for the tablets for pupils.

“I am profoundly displeased with the way in which several auction procedures took place, the last procedure with the tablets, in which they did not have the capacity to finalize the procedure for all 250,000 tablets for which we have ensured financing from the Government. Luckily we foresaw this situation and we allotted 100 million euro money for tablets by reimbursement system,” said the Prime Minister, in southern Turnu Magurele.

Asked about the request of the Education Minister that the head of the National Office for Centralized Acquisitions (ONAC) be dismissed, Orban answered: “It’s possible.”

He presented also the solutions to finalize the procedure to acquire the masks for disfavored people, if the winning company will not be able to fully honor its commitments.

“If they do not deliver the full quantity in the term provided for by the contract, normally the Health Ministry has to denounce the contract and conclude a subsequent contract with the second place company. If the company on second place does not have the delivery capacity, they will do the same, denounce the contract and sign a subsequent one with the company on third place, until it gets the full quantity of masks,” said Orban.

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