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PNL’s Citu: Parliament might hold special session in January, if necessary, on 2022 state budget

The President of the Senate, PNL (National Liberal Party) leader Florin Citu, says Parliament is willing to work on the adoption of the draft state budget for 2022 by the end of the year, with a special session to be hold in January next year, if necessary.

“We are waiting for the budget to discuss it in the coalition. We have not talked to the Minister of Finance yet. Let’s see what the timetable proposed by the Government is first. The budget is not made in the coalition. The coalition will only discuss the budget from a political point of view. The details related to the construction of the budget depend very much on the Minister of Finance, the Prime Minister. The priorities are there. We are only interested in financing projects that have already begun, and that the reform programme supported by the coalition will continue. (…) Today we are having the first discussion [in the coalition – editor’s note], I am sure that there are resources and that the Government has the capacity to complete the budget. We are here until December 23. If necessary, Parliament will work after December 25,” Citu said on Monday at the Senate.

Asked if a special session of Parliament is possible in January for the adoption of the draft state budget, Citu said: “If necessary, of course.”

Citu stated that a budget deficit of 5.84 is “high” for Romania.

“If the tax policy remains stimulating, in order to reduce cost pressure in the economy, the responsibility lies with the National Bank. It depends on how priorities are made and how the government wants to mix fiscal and monetary policy. (…) A deficit of 5.84 means a large amount in deficit, we are talking about a deficit of almost 76 billion lei, which will have to be borrowed from the market. The amount is large, but if we are careful, anything can be sustained,” added Citu, according to Agerpres.

 

PSD’s Ciolacu: Budget completion, either December 24 or end-January in extraordinary session of Parliament

 

On the other hand, the chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Marcel Ciolacu said on Monday that there are two options for the state budget – it will either be adopted by December 24, or end-January in a special session of Parliament.

Asked at the PSD headquarters if the budget law will be adopted by the winter holidays, Ciolacu said: “At this moment, I have understood that the Minister of Finance has gathered all the requests from the ministries and we are trying in today’s coalition meeting, if not, we are conducting one tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, and we hope to complete this budget by the 24th. There are two options under discussion, either by December 24, if everything is completed, including the issue of European funds, or end-January in special session.”

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