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PM Citu: 2021 state budget draft to be put up for public debate

Prime Minister Florin Citu informs that the state budget draft for 2021 will be put up for public debate on Wednesday night or on Thursday morning.

“We will put up for debate the budget for 2021. It will be a public debate, I believe, tonight or tomorrow morning. (…) The economic increase is estimated at 4.3pct in 2021 by the National Strategy and Prognosis Commission, with a nominal gross domestic product of 1,116 billion lei, and here we will have to be really careful – 1,116 billion lei is about the same as last year (…) and similar to the value in 2019, which means that we had a nominal GDP that has been constant for the past three years. During this time, our expenditures have grown very much. We estimate the budgetary deficit at 7.14 – 7.15 – 7.16, we will see, we are still calculating this to see exactly what the final value will be. So we need to stop here,” Citu said, after the Government meeting.

 

Gov’t discussed structural measures, including pension computation coefficient from January 1, 2022

 

The government discussed, in a first reading, an emergency ordinance that includes several structural measures, such as an increase in the state pension computation coefficient set for January 1, 2022, Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Wednesday.

“At today’s government meeting, we had talks about the emergency ordinance that we announced with the measures we want to take to reduce structural costs. The emergency ordinance is still under approval, so today we gave it a first reading (…) You know very well why it was important to take these measures (…) we are talking about a pension coefficient that was changed, the way in which the pension coefficient would increase under the Social Democratic Party (PSD) rule for electoral gains, set for September. We are rectifying, correcting this problem and we will increase the pension coefficient from January 1, 2022, as it has been until now,” said Citu, according to Agerpres.

 

Students will benefit from a 50pct discount at train tickets

 

Prime Minister Florin Citu on Wednesday informed that students will benefit from a 50 per cent discount at train tickets.

“Another topic that we have discussed (…) was related to the train tickets for students that the PSD made free of charge in 2017. We will modify this and we will return to a 50 per cent discount, as it was before. I don’t see such a huge problem arising from this and I also check to see how the other European countries proceed in this case,” Citu said after the government meeting.

He also gave several examples with regard to the discounts granted by various European countries to students for travels.

Florin Citu added that the measure does not target the pupils too.

 

Photo: www.gov.ro

 

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