The Chamber of Deputies adopted, on Tuesday, the approval project of the Government Emergency Ordinance (OUG) 115/2022, approving an amendment that provides for salary increases for mayors, vice-mayors, presidents and vice-presidents of county councils and the staff of the mayoralties’ offices.
168 votes ‘for’, 79 ‘against’ and 4 abstentions were recorded.
The deputies introduced an amendment that provides for the increase of the indemnities of the persons who occupy positions of public dignity elected within the bodies of the local public authority.
At the same time, the deputies removed from the version previously adopted by the Senate the text that provided for the increase in the salaries of parliamentarians and specialized staff involved in the legislative process within the General Secretariat of the Government, the services of the Parliament, the Legislative Council and the Presidential Administration.
The opposition deputies, respectively Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR) and Save Romania Union (USR), opposed this amendment, while the coalition deputies explained why it is necessary to increase the salaries of local elected officials.
The Chamber of Deputies is a decision-making body for this kind of bill.
Save Romania Union will again challenge to Constitutional Court the ordinance on mayors’ salaries’ increase
Save Romania Union (USR) will again challenge to the Constitutional Court the emergency ordinance that provides for the increase of the mayors’ salaries.
USR Deputy Cristian Seidler declared on Tuesday that, although the ordinance was amended at the Labour Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, it is still unconstitutional.
“Today’s discussion in the Labour Commission took place because the USR challenged to the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) two draft laws that had previously been adopted by the majority coalition and which, through a correction of a so-called material error, would have increased the salaries of all dignitaries, parliamentarians, members of the Government, local elected officials, the CCR upheld the USR and declared those draft laws unconstitutional. On the same day, the coalition, in the Senate, adopted an amendment that did exactly what the CCR had declared to be unconstitutional. Basically, it’s about increasing incomes for local elected officials, parliamentarians, members of the Government, as if the country could not live without. Now this fast-forward discussion took place in the Labour Committee. The draft law, even now, is as unconstitutional as it was before and the USR will challenge this draft law again at the CCR,” Seidler said, at the Palace of the Parliament.
The deputies with the Labour and Budget-Finance select committees on Tuesday voted an amendment regarding the salary increase, at the level of 2021, for the local public administration, respectively for mayors, deputy-mayors, presidents and deputy-presidents of County Councils.