PSD does not rule out the possibility of a censure motion until August, but first it tries to draw a majority, said the party’s president Marcel Ciolacu.
Ciolacu told RFI that he does not want the motion to be submitted just for the sake of politically ticking this instrument.
Asked if PSD will submit a motion of censure in this parliamentary session, Marcel Ciolacu answered: “We are trying to draw a majority. Definitely, it’s a tool we’re going to use. The motion of censure can be used only once in a parliamentary session. This parliamentary session ends on 1 August. Until then, we have all the time to try to create a majority, in order to overthrow the current government “.
“It simply came to our notice then. We will see when the political moment is the right one. We do not submit censorship motions for the sake of submitting censorship motions or politically ticking a certain instrument “, says the PSD leader.
About the budget
PSD will not vote for the 2021 budget, Marcel Ciolacu announces. He says it is an austerity budget and says cutting budget increases should be part of a reform agenda.
“I was right, it is coming in 2021 with an austerity budget. It is the biggest mistake. This is the second time this has happened in Romania. It happened in 2010 and even the IMF considers that then that budget and austerity program was a mistake (atunci). As long as we consider the budget simple figures, without seeing the effect it has on people, we make a big mistake ”.
“Definitely not! We will try to come up with the amendments. It is already well known that for the first time, the Opposition Party in Romania came up with an alternative budget and we have shown that a completely different approach is possible (…). They found some cutting solutions. I want to know what the philosophy of this budget is, as it is thought as a whole, not that we come with populist things, sir, we will cut the bonuses. Very well, so cutting the bonuses must be part of a reform program, because otherwise you create injustices and discussions and frustrations among the people ”.
Asked why the PSD did not eliminate the increases while in power and did not make the reforms it is talking about now, Marcel Ciolacu replied: “You make the big reforms when you have a major challenge. In the PSD governments, we left Romania in November with a budget deficit of 2.8% ”.
When the journalist remarked that PSD also left unpaid bills, the Social Democrat leader said: “They have always closed. The bills were paid and then, in a month, I entered with a deficit of 4%. Mr. Cîțu and Mr. Orban took the decision to return the VAT, without any controls being made at ANAF, it was in fact a political decision, because they hoped to have early elections ”.
Source: Cotidianul RO by www.cotidianul.ro.
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