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LabMin Budai announces increase in pensions as of 1 January, percentage to be established in coalition

Labour Minister Marius Budai stated on Tuesday that there will be an increase in pensions, as of 1 January 2023, however, the final value is to be established in the ruling coalition.

He confirmed a differentiated increase in pensions.

“We have discussed and I came up with a proposal for an increase of at least 10 percent, lately, we’ve talked about a budget buffer of 15 percent with the increase of pensions, not of incomes. An increase of the pension point for everyone and a differentiated increase, meaning granting support to all the vulnerable categories. We believe very much in this measure, because in times of crisis, even the textbook says that we have to take care of the population that falls in these vulnerable categories,” the Labour Minister stated at Parliament.

He underscored that he won’t mention any amount. “I’m not mentioning any amount. There are several versions on the table, we’re taking the final decision in the coalition and, transparently, I shall communicate and the leaders of the coalition shall communicate,” the Minister pointed out, according to Agerpres.


We want new version of the minimum wage to enter into force as of 1 January


Labour Minister Marius Budai also stated on Tuesday that he wants the new version of the minimum wage to enter into force as of 1 January, most likely 3,000 lei, of which 200 lei to be exempt from tax, the final version going to be established after discussions with the social partners, in the governing coalition, respectively.

“I believe very much in the dialogue with the social partners, employers and unions (…), and tomorrow, in the tripartite National Council, we have the minimum gross salary guaranteed in payment as the sole topic of discussion. We’re hoping to have a decision tomorrow in order to be able to move to the next stage, namely the SME test and decision-making transparency. (…) As of mid-2022, we have made available to the business environment an amount of 200 lei as a salary provided to its employees, an amount of 200 lei which the state doesn’t charge any tax. Until now, it was up to the employer’s decision, now, we want to include it in the 3,000 lei and continue this practice, namely not charging them,” Minister Marius Budai said at Parliament.

He mentioned that all options will be taken into account, regarding the amount of 200 lei, and added that he wants the new version of the minimum wage to enter into force on 1 January.

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca announced that a tripartite meeting tackling the increase of the minimum wage shall take place on Wednesday, at the Government.

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