Gov’t OKs budget amendment, deficit of 4.4%. What happens with special pensions?

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The Government has approved in its Thursday sitting thee budget amendment draft, with Finance minister Florin Citu announcing that the budget deficit for this year stands at 4.4%. Two days ago the Executive considered a deficit of 4.3%, but some more sums were added for overdue payments in education and healthcare.

RON 400 million were added at the Health Ministry to pay the medical leaves and RON 200 M for medicines, while other RON 460 M were paid to the Education ministry to cover the pay gaps.

Following budget correction, most of the money went on paying medical leaves, regional development programmes, pensions, state allowances and benefits for disabled people.
The Fin Min explained there has been no money to pay medical leaves in the past 4 months.
He also announced that by the end of the year all companies who filed requests for VAT reimbursements will get their money.
Florin Citu  said about special pensions that he prefers them to be cut by a draft law debated and approved
in Parliament.

“I have a bill in Parliament to remove special pensions except for those for military staff. PSD voted against it. I hope now to find more endorsement at the Chamber of Deputies to pass this bill. It’s clear we want a pension system based on past contributions for everybody“, Citu stated.

As for the exaggerated salaries of some state employees, the minister thinks this issue will be solved once with the ministry restructuring, as the number of ministries will be cut from 24 to 16.

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