Association of Cities in Romania sends open letter to PM, warns about bankruptcy
The Association of Cities in Romania (AOR) has sent PM Viorica Dancila an open letter on the local budgets on Friday, warning that the 2019 budget has been “wrongly designed” and certain localities are on the verge of bankruptcy.
“Following repeated tricks of the Finance minister, endorsed by the Romanian Prime Minister, and after the government has deprived us of a lot of money from the local budgets in the first three months of this year, the city mayors consider that, by not considering the Cities Association’s proposals on the budget, we already talk about localities on the survival edge and maybe even on the verge of bankruptcy,” says the AOR letter, adding that there is the risk of closing down some city halls.
The city mayors have asked the premier for an emergency meeting to find solutions to solve the crisis. The Association also considers several proposals, such as the rectification of the 2019 budget to avoid bankruptcy, a territorial-administrative reform by dropping the current fragmented territorial administrative units and developing new ones that are able to make the regional and local management more efficient.
AOR has also called for the urgent adoption of the Administrative Code and more money originating from the Operational Regional Programme, arguing it is the only chance to develop the cities’ infrastructure.