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July 26, 2021
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PM Citu: I’ve disbanded SIIJ, now it is Parliament’s role to come with best solution

Prime Minister Florin Citu declared on Tuesday that the Section for Investigating Crimes in Justice (SIIJ) has been disbanded through the draft law approved by Government, and now “it is the role of the Parliament, under the guidance of the Ministry of Justice, to come up with the best solution,” specifying that talks on this matter will be resumed next week.

“From my point of view it is all very simple: I disbanded SIIJ, being a draft law approved by Government. Now it is the Parliament’s role, under the guidance of the Ministry of Justice, to come up with the best solution, if there is a better solution that what we did in the Government sitting and I await the Parliament’s solutions, along with the Ministry of Justice. Regarding what concerns me and the Government, we came up with a solution through which we disbanded the Special Section. UDMR (Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania), USR (Save Romania Union) have a different point of view, I believe that we can find a common element here, which is why I requested yesterday’s reunion (of the governing coalition, ed. n) to be suspended, to delay it and to return after the experts will meet,” Florin Citu said, at Victoria Palace.

He specified that there will be new talks on this subject next week.

“I say we need to go back to the experts, there is a work group, that’s where the best opinions should come from. (…) UDMR is also there, as well as PNL (National Liberal Party) and USR. After that we will return next week, I am sure that we will find the best solutions. We need to come up with the best solutions and we will resume talks next week. The coalition is not breaking, the coalition keeps moving forward and is strong,” Citu highlighted.

 

Medical staff who won’t vaccinate, to get tested for COVID-19, pay for tests

 

Medical staff who do not want to get vaccinated will be tested for COVID-19 and will have to bear the costs of tests, said Prime Minister Florin Citu.

He was asked whether the Executive was considering making the COVID-19 immunization mandatory among healthcare professionals or nursing staff, based on the announcement made by the French and Greek authorities according to which vaccination will be mandatory for healthcare staff.

“First of all, Romania today has the lowest infection rate in Europe, so we start with the positive side. As regards vaccination of medical staff, you know very well that there is a proposal that those who do not want to be vaccinated should get tested and should pay for the tests. This is the proposal we made for the Ministry of Health,” Florin Citu declared, on Tuesday, at Victoria Palace of Government.

 

Prime Minister unhappy with budget execution as money left unspent

 

Prime Minister Florin Citu said today that a budget revision timetable has been set, which should be followed by separate analyses for each ministry, pointing also out that he is not satisfied with the budget execution so far.

“The budget revision timetable has just been established. We need a report for each ministry to see where we stand, I told you yesterday that there are 12 billion lei left unspent despite being allocated for the first semester and that’s what we must begin with, we must see where the money is. Looking at the budget execution, 86 billion lei in H1 commitment appropriations were left unused, so from my point of view the budget execution is obviously unsatisfactory; I want to look at the details first and then we’ll discuss,” Citu said at the Victoria Palace of Government when asked which ministries will see their allocations reduced and which ones will have money redirected to them at the budget revision.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

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