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May 22, 2022

PNL’s Citu: A renegotiation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan is impossible, that means throwing away 30 billion euro

Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Florin Citu, stated, on Thursday, that a renegotiation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) is impossible.

“We told international partners when we negotiated the PNRR that this is the final form, we all agreed, we signed a final form and said we won’t come back to it and when we made this coalition I said that we will not go back over the PNRR, because that means redoing the entire negotiation procedure for the PNRR, and that means throwing away 30 billion euro. I will never allow such a thing. The PNRR was negotiated, it was negotiated very well, it was among the best results and you saw the marks that this PNRR received. PNL remains focused on big reforms, on reforms that would push Romania to the future, not on small disputes, on small topics, bellicose statements in public space. We are interested in pension reform, all pensions being moved to the contributive principle and be sustainable, not have issues in 2030 paying pensions, for example, we are interested in wage reform, income being tied to performance. The reform of the public administration, again, is an important matter and of course Educated Romania, the implementation of this program and territorial-administrative reorganization,” said Citu, in a press conference at the PNL headquarters.

He emphasized that there is a parliamentary majority for these reforms to be accomplished. Furthermore, Citu mentioned that a renegotiation of the PNRR would be done through the Ministry of Investments and European Projects and not through the Ministry of Labor, but drew attention that this would mean restarting everything.

Recently, the Minister of Labor, Marius Budai, claimed that he still supports a renegotiation of the target of 9.4% of the GDP provided for in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan for expenses with pensions.

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