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Update4: Defence Minister Tutuianu files resignation, PM Tudose accepts it. New interim minister designated. MoD faces financial problems, Finance Ministry denies

Minister of National Defence Adrian Tutuianu has announced he has filed the signed resignation on Prime Minister’s table.

The latest information reads that Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has accepted the resignation.

The interim Defence portfolio has been taken over by Deputy Premier Marcel Ciolacu. PM Tudose has sent the proposal for the new interim DefMin to the Cotroceni Palace.

“I have submitted the resignation, it is for the Prime Minister to decide,” Minister Tutuianu has told Antena 3TV on Tuesday. He pointed to the poor communication on the issue of payments to the military’s wages.

The minister said that the reason was the lack of communication regarding the wage rights that the MoD employees had to receive on 15 September. “I admitted in front of the Prime Minister that I was wrong that I did not communicate in due time,” Ţuţuianu said adding that he should have explained the decision before the press.

Asked how the prime minister reacted to the resignation intention, Ţuţuianu said: “He told me that he will analyse it. The resignation paper is on the premier’s table. ”

PM, Finance Ministry claim no difficulties in sight

Late on Tuesday, PM Tudose stated “there is money in all ministries” and that the budgetary rectification is positive and it will be adopted by the Government in a week. The premier also said there is no problem with the salaries in any state institution.

“There is money because the budget execution is 72.71%. The Ministry of Finance has collected all the rectification proposals and we have positive responses to all our requests. There is no delay. On September 15, the salary rights for August are to be paid. In the same month, the food and other allowances that exist under the law will be paid,”  resigning minister Ţuţuianu said in his turn.

The Ministry of Finance claims in a press release that there are no problems in paying salaries at the Ministry of National Defence. “As a result of the information in the media, we want to inform you that there are no difficulties in paying the wage rights of the Ministry of National Defence employees, and that there are no such problems at any other ministry.”

The resignation comes amid problems announced at the ministry only hours before. The Ministry of National Defence has announced that it will pay the employees in instalments because the budget rectification has not been made. In a press release, the Ministry announces that the employees’ wages will be paid on September 15, and food and rent allowances will be paid ‘around September 25’ after the budget rectification, hotnews.ro informs.

The ministry announces that the difficulty of fully paying the military’s income comes from the impossibility to move money between the different budgets of the institution (from the endowment budget to the current expenditures budget, for example) in the absence of budgetary rectification.

The Defence Ministry’s surprising announcement comes amid the unprecedented increase in the budget this year for defence (2% of GDP), but also as a result of the retirement of a large number of senior officers in the past two months, when the Army experienced a real haemorrhage of upper officers. Military pensions are paid from the Ministry’s budget.

President Iohannis-PM Tudose talks after the announcement, sources say

President Klaus Iohannis has discussed with Prime Minister Mihai Tudose immediately after the Defence Ministry announced payments of the military revenues will be made gradually, according to political sources, hotnews.ro informs.

A few hours after the official announcement of the Ministry of Defence, Minister Adrian Tutuianu (PSD) has filed the resignation to the prime minister’s office.

The unprecedented announcement of the Defence Ministry has taken the whole political scene by surprise.

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