President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Social Democratic Party (PSD) are trying to profile themselves on topical issues, sometimes before consulting with the coalition partner, but this does not represent a “catastrophe”.
He stressed that both the ruling coalition and the Government are functioning.
“There are two big parties making a coalition. Both parties are trying to profile themselves, it is an absolutely natural thing in politics and then it happens that a politician from one side or the other tries to profile himself on a very topical issue, sometimes before consulting with the coalition partner, but this is not any kind of catastrophe and I know that in the media it is sensational that X said I don’t know what about Y, in reality the coalition works, the Government works and you all know that things are fine managed, let’s not confuse the political discourse that often only comes to profile a politician and the government that works very well. You see that there are always coalition meetings, problems are discussed and solved. Nota Bene: they agree and solve them,” president Iohannis said when asked how he sees the dissensions between PNL and PSD.
I don’t think we will have a food crisis in Romania
President Klaus Iohannis declared on Tuesday, in New York, that he does not believe that there will be a food crisis in Romania, pointing out that it is possible, unfortunately, for some food prices to rise.
In this context, he highlighted that the Government will have to work hard to keep prices at a level that Romanians can afford.
“I don’t think that we will have a food crisis in Romania and I don’t think that somewhere in Europe we will have a food crisis. It is possible, unfortunately, that we will have an increase in the prices of some food, but we must be very aware that this food crisis will first hit the poorer states and from there the crisis can have very serious repercussions for us as well. The fact that we get involved to prevent a food crisis is a sign of solidarity with the world that still cannot afford everything, it is a sign of solidarity with those who are trying to prevent a new global crisis, but for Romanians there should not be such question marks. We will not have a food crisis in Romania, we will not rationalize food, but the Government will have to try very hard to keep prices at a level that Romanians can afford,” the head of state declared.
We must avoid wasting energy, Romanians will not stay in the cold
Romania’s head of state also said on Tuesday that the waste of energy must be avoided.
“I think that saving at a time when the energy crisis is obvious, issues in relation to which we want the green transition, things are (…) fairly simple, we must avoid wasting energy. When we leave home we can afford for the house to be a little cooler, if we leave we can turn off the light, if we don’t need to use certain electrical appliances they can be unplugged without problems and so on. I’ve said it before and I think it’s good to repeat it: We do not want and it will not happen that Romanians stay in the cold, it will not happen for their light to go out as they say, but it is a natural and very appropriate thing, very good, ethical, correct, as a sign of solidarity, that we should make reasonable savings wherever we can, each of us at home, and all these things that I have listed I also practice at my home,” said the head of state.
He also said that there will be no energy rationalization in Romania.
“In our case, coming from recent history, the need for rationalization automatically induces fear or maybe even panic, because some of us have lived times with so-called rationalization. There will be no such thing, but it is a good thing and it is right and I think I can say that even when I was a physics teacher I recommended students to save rationally. Living rationally has nothing to do with rationalizing energy or rationalizing food in a negative sense. We don’t waste. That’s the most appropriate solution. That goes for public institutions as well. It is very easy in a public institution to turn off all the lights at night when no one is working, just as it is quite possible that in winter, when everyone is working in offices, it should not be 27 degrees, but maybe 21 or 22. These are the things I aim for. Let’s not waste, that means saving efficiently. There are also modern technologies,” said Iohannis.
PNRR renegotiation is possible, it can be done, yet not in small pieces, but as a whole
President Klaus Iohannis declared, on Tuesday, in New York, at UN GA 77, regarding the renegotiation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), that “it cannot continue in the style up to now, when every minister goes to Brussels and complains that not everything he/she wants it’s been already accomplished”.
“Regarding the renegotiation of PNRR, we discussed these issues and one thing is very clear: it cannot continue in the style up until now, when every minister goes to Brussels and complains that not everything he/she wants has been achieved. The PNRR can be implemented in only one way: through the Government. There are not as many PNRRs as ministries or as many politicians willing to affirm themselves. There is a PNRR, there is a prime minister, there is a Government and the truth is that lately it has been understood in continuation, especially when we talk about changing the PNRR, the Government will go represented by the Prime Minister and, if the Prime Minister wishes, with relevant ministers to renegotiate certain aspects. We had a stage, in my opinion, a bit too long, in which some ministers tried to profile a little more using this PNRR renegotiation text. The renegotiation is possible, it can be done, yet not in small pieces, but as a whole,” Iohannis said.
It is fair, reasonable and expected for pensions and salaries to increase
It is fair, reasonable and expected for pensions and salaries to increase, given the current context, president Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday, at the United Nations.
“As long as we don’t have a forecast of next year’s budget, whatever one or the other says is speculation. But I can tell you something that I personally conveyed to the coalition leaders. Given that we are in energy crisis, we have a lot of problems in the economy, we also have an economic growth, we all have a fairly high inflation, it is correct, it is reasonable and it is expected to increase both salaries and pensions. Given that inflation has reached, now the data have recently been released, over 15%, it does not seem reasonable to me to refuse to discuss the increase in salaries and pensions. Until the end, it is not ordinary people who have to pay for these crises and the Government must identify solutions,” Iohannis said.
According to the president’s statement, the amount of these increases are technical issues that will be known following highly applied calculations.
“Now, how much the minimum wage will increase, how much the pension point will increase, and so on, these are technical issues that will be known after some very applied calculations are made, related to the budget that has to achieve these increases, and we are talking clearly about the 2023 budget. The very good part that I see is that, despite these multiple crises, which we are treating as well as we can, we have a substantial economic growth and, of course, that gives us hope that we will have on salaries and pensions a growth that comes to compensate to a reasonable extent for the increase in prices and the inflation that we have,” president Iohannis added.
Romania’s President voices hope that communication channels between Brussels and Budapest, solutions are found
President Klaus Iohannis said, on Tuesday, with regard to the European Commission’s proposal on the suspension of some of the EU funds to Hungary, due to risks related to corruption, that Romania’s perspective is that any drastic measure must be well discussed and well-founded and voiced the hope that communication channels between Brussels and Budapest and solutions to these problems will be found.
“Romania’s perspective is that any drastic measure must be well-discussed and well-founded. And my hope, as I recently said in a public statement, is still that communication channels between Brussels and Budapest and solutions to these problems are found, because otherwise the fronts get stronger, the dissensions increase and I don’t think anyone wants new crises to occur inside the European Union that simply cannot bring anything good. I hope to continue on the path of dialogue on this topic as well,” said Iohannis, in New York.
The European Commission called on Sunday for 7.5 billion euros EU funding cut from Hungary due to risks related to corruption, pending the implementation of the reforms.
Compiled from Agerpres