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February 3, 2023

PNL’s Citu: Minister of Finance did not present a budget option; there are no antagonistic positions

National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Florin Citu said on Tuesday that the finance minister had not yet presented a budget option to the governing coalition meeting, stressing that there were no “antagonistic” positions.

“For next year, we need to have a 6.2 deficit on ESA on a 5.84 deficit increase as these are linked. If you do not have a 5.84 cash deficit you cannot have an ESA deficit of 6.2. We will see what the value is on the budget We do not have a budget option yet, so we cannot discuss (…),” Citu said in the Senate.

He added that there were no “antagonistic” positions with Social Democratic Party (PSD) regarding next year’s budget.

According to him, in case of budget deficit, more things can be done and the Ministry of Finance can find additional revenue resources or increase the collection.

A meeting of the governing coalition is scheduled for Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.


We argue that all pensions in Romania should be based on contribution


National leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Florin Citu also said on Tuesday that all pensions in Romania should be proportional to contributions, mentioning that the measure is part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).

The pension reform, which will be implemented in 2023, stipulates that “special pensions or service pensions will all move to a contribution-based system,” Citu told a news briefing at the Parliament House.

“We need to find a solution. As we have those pensions for people who worked, for example, in certain sectors of the economy where there was no contribution … This pension reform has several objectives: to be sustainable, to be fair and to have a spending cap as a percentage of GDP,” added Citu, according to Agerpres.

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