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October 4, 2022
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Ruling coalition starts 2023 national budget talks

The ruling coalition has started discussions on the 2023 national budget, aiming to finalise them in November, national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Marcel Ciolacu (photo) announced on Tuesday.

“Talks on the next year budget have begun in the coalition. I have already announced that it will be the first time in Romania’s post December 1989 history when we start talks on the budget to complete them in November. You know how voting was done on Romania’s budget: fast forward on Christmas Eve,” said Ciolacu, at the Parliament House.

He added that Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca is collecting proposals from all ministers that could be included in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan after negotiations with the European Commission, including on state pensions.

“With the draft, we will go to Brussels to negotiate. It is possible that both the prime minister and I will go together to conduct these negotiations with the European Commission,” said the PSD national leader.

 

President Iohannis urges to caution in relation to 2023 budget, given current complicated context

 

The budget priorities are the same as they have been so far, namely development, investments, sustainability, pensions, salaries and a decent living, President Iohannis said on Tuesday, stressing that, in the current complicated context, we must “not stretch our arm no further than our sleeve will reach”.

“The priorities are always the same: development, investment, sustainability, salaries, pensions, decent living. Things will not be absolutely new, the themes presented by the coalition at the beginning of the government will still remain the central themes. Of course, should a situation that does not depend on us occur; should, for example, energy prices rise more than calculated so far, this objective must then be adjusted. But it is just as well possible that they will decrease a little and then the money will be available, I hope, for infrastructure works, for investments that represent the best option to have a sustainable growth, that is, a growth that is steady, not in a month more, and then less. Things must be well balanced and we have to be careful in this complicated context not to stretch our arm no further than our sleeve will reach, because we don’t know what other crises will come, we don’t know how the situation on the front in Ukraine will develop, and it’s very good to be prepared to use the money at our disposal to enable economic growth, but not to use more than necessary and to remain in a healthy macroeconomic framework,” said Iohannis, according to Agerpres.

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