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Chairman of the Force of the Right Party, Ludovic Orban: I am a staunch supporter of the flat tax

The Chairman of the Force of the Right Party, Ludovic Orban declared on Sunday in Galati that he is a “staunch” supporter of the flat tax, which is a form of tax fairness.

“As far as income tax is concerned, I am a staunch supporter of the flat tax, it is a form of tax fairness, it is a principle related to the Constitution itself and that is related to equality before the law, you cannot punish the deserving (…) Why punish the one who works harder, who is more efficient, who has higher productivity and who earns more, why punish him by taking a higher percentage from the income he deserves than from the one who makes minimum wage? It doesn’t make any sense. (…) On this principle, we will soon put in place a progressive system for contributions as well. For health contributions too, why should everyone pay 10 percent the health contribution and not have those who earn more pay 30 percent? By the PSD [the Social Democratic Party] members’ reckoning, they will think of asking for more based on the pension contribution, and in the end, for the one who works more, it will not make a difference in his take-home pay because he pays more tax than he earns. And so the labor taxation in Romania is higher, compared to the European average. I am definitely in favour of the flat tax, which should be valid for all,” Orban told a press conference.

In this context, Orban mentioned that, from an administrative point of view, his party aims to set up local organizations in at least half of the localities in Galati County, by the end of the year.

“Our national goal, by the end of the year, is to set up local organizations in at least half of the county’s localities. We also have to set up specialized committees with valued specialists, people who have done something in their lives, in every field , because we want to implement all the solutions, all the sectoral projects, all the draft laws with the contribution of the specialists, with the contribution of the people who face the problems that exist in each field, so that these solutions are valid, realistic, feasible, have beneficial effects. We also want to put the party’s communication system in place by the end of the year,” Orban said.

 

Government has done almost nothing to prevent decline of purchasing power

 

The Chairman of the Force of the Right party, Ludovic Orban, claims that the Government has done “almost nothing” to prevent the decline of the purchasing power and living conditions of Romanians, given that “the real inflation that the citizen feels in what he buys monthly is over 20 percent”.

“The government has done almost nothing to prevent the decline of the purchasing power and living conditions of Romanians. Inflation has risen sharply, and the real inflation that the citizen feels is not the 14-percent inflation, the real inflation that the citizen feels in what he buys every day during a month is over 20 percent, namely the purchasing power has decreased by over 20 percent. The government has done nothing because it has not acted on the sources of inflation – fuel, energy, gas, raw materials. While 17 other European countries have taken various measures to reduce the price of fuel (…), the Romanian government has done nothing,” Orban said on Sunday in Galati.

He specified that the Force of the Right party has initiated a bill that reduces the price of fuels between 2 and 2.2 RON.

“Think about getting a reduction from almost 9 RON, the price of diesel furel, to 7 RON, for example. This would be felt, on the one hand, by the owner of the car who is refueling, but above all the most important thing is the price of the fuel. Rising fuel prices affect all products and services, having a strong inflationary effect. It did nothing [the Government – ed.n.], because inflation suits them, that’s what they really want. Because inflation is a form of taxation of the citizens’ incomes, which increases budget revenues. The higher the prices of products and services, the higher the VAT, the higher the excise duty excisable goods. They benefit from rises (…), as they can give away more things, because this is what they live off, handouts,” Orban mentioned, according to Agerpres.

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