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Parliament to meet in plenary sitting on Tuesday for budget revision. PSD’s Ciolacu: We remain consistent; we will vote in Parliament to increase pensions

Parliament is meeting in plenary sitting, on Tuesday, starting 13:00 hrs, for the budget revision.

The decision was made on Monday by the Joint Standing Bureaus of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies.

All the amendments proposed were put forth by the Social Democratic Party. The debates in the select committees were not attended by MPs from the National Liberal Party.

The budget committees of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate gave, last Wednesday, an adoption report with amendments to the budget revision, with 20 votes “in favour” and one vote “against”.

The most important amendment approved by the committees was the one that repeals the article according to which the pension point is increased by 14%, thus leaving in force the law of the public pension system which provides for its increase by 40%.

The committees also adopted an amendment increasing the amounts allocated to ATUs by 1 billion lei, and for the county seat municipalities an additional 500 million lei is allocated, which are to be distributed equally, regardless of the political color of the local government.

Through another amendment adopted, the committees allocated an additional 5.635 million lei, in the budget of the Chamber of Deputies, in order to purchase equipment necessary for the endowment of the parliamentary offices in the territory, after the legislature change.

Also in Wednesday’s meeting, the committees decided to increase the basic salaries for the teaching staff, as provided by law, namely starting with this year.

Another adopted amendment states that “the public debt ceiling, according to the EU methodology, for the end of 2020 is 40% of GDP”.

The budget committees also approved the supplementation of the budget of the Ministry of Economy with 400 million lei, for the Start-Up Nation program.

All the adopted amendments were proposed by PSD parliamentarians. The PNL parliamentarians did not participate in the committees debates.

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Saturday that the National Liberal Party (PNL) will negotiate, in Parliament’s plenary sitting, the modification of the Joint Budget and Finance Committee report, through which amendments to the budget revision were adopted.

“First we will fight in Parliament. PSD [the Social Democratic Party] took advantage of the fact that it has a simple majority in the budget-finance committee. I remember that no other political party participated in the meeting of the Joint Budget and Finance Committee where the monstrosity triggered by the PSD occurred. We will negotiate, in plenary sitting, with all political parties so that we can amend the report, send back to the committees this report of the Joint Budget and Finance Committee that triggers Romania’s bankruptcy. I am convinced that as they were alongside us, not with us, the Party National Liberal, but alongside rationality, fairness, we will also be able to rely in plenary on a rational attitude. In this case, PSD will be in the minority and we will be able to send it back to the Budget and Finance Committee,” Orban told a press conference.

PNL will request in Parliament the report on the budget revision be referred back to the Budget and Finance Committee

The Prime Minister continued on Sunday the statements on this issue, and stated  that the National Liberal Party (PNL) will request in Parliament’s plenary sitting that the report on the budget revision be referred back to the Budget and Finance Committee, adding that the expenses included in it are not possible, because there the country might find itself at default risk.

“PSD [the Social Democratic Party] is a delirious party that wants to destroy Romania. What happened in the Budget Committees, in which PSD has a circumstantial majority, represents a crime against the Romanian economy and risks leading Romania to insolvency, to bankruptcy. We cannot stand idly by and we cannot accept for the PSD to mock this country. I would like to remind you that no other political party outside the PSD has endorsed these vicious decisions. We will fight in the plenary sitting of the Joint Chambers so that we can refer back the report to the Budget and Finance Committee. I am convinced that through an exemplary mobilization of the other political parties that have demonstrated rationality and connection with the economic reality, we will succeed,” Orban told a news conference in Iasi.

He was asked what the PNL will do next week when the budget revision amendment to increase pensions by 40% and a bill giving teachers an incentive of 500 euros are to be debated in Parliament.

The prime minister mentioned that the government is prepared “for any other situation”, so as to prevent PSD from “harming Romania”.

“I can tell you that the negative echoes of that famous meeting of the Budget-Finance Committee are already very present. (…) These expenditure increases are not possible. PSD has actually generated additional expenses of 6.5% of GDP, and at the same time, it increased the maximum debt-to-GDP ratio, from 44% to 40%. What have they actually done? They have generated additional expenditure and denied the possibility of obtaining financing to support these expenditures, namely they have laid the foundation for bankruptcy. We cannot accept for the PSD to make a mockery of this country and lead Romania to nowhere. We will fight, and with parliamentary elections just around the corner we will free Romania of this wicked majority that behaves as Romania’s enemy,” Orban said, according to Agerpres.

PSD’s Ciolacu: We remain consistent; we will vote in Parliament to increase pensions

Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Marcel Ciolacu said on Monday that the social democrats remain consistent and on Tuesday they will vote in Parliament to increase pensions according to the law.

“We remain consistent! Tomorrow [Tuesday] we will vote in Parliament to increase pensions according to the law! Iohannis and Orban have humiliated the elderly enough! You chased them with the police and fined them in the state of emergency! You kept them in queues in front of hospitals without access to treatment! You kept them without essential medicines, such as Euthyrox, and now you complain that they get sick! You did not give them any of the promised masks, but fine them if they do not have one! Enough! Any normal government respects its seniors. It does not mock them. They are our parents and grandparents. They are the people who raised you, not the burden you do not know how to get rid of faster now. You did not do anything for them. Apply the law at least. Stop stealing and you will have money for pensions! There are 5 million retirees waiting for justice. Let’s see tomorrow those who oppose this right,” Ciolacu wrote on Facebook.

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