Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, ALDE chairman announced on Friday that the solidarity tax had been removed from the ruling programme. However, he said the coalition would not give up the tax return, although it is not operational yet, arguing the Finance Ministry doesn’t have the necessary logistics yet.
“The solidarity tax has been removed from the ruling programme, as it stirred criticism since the previous government has been set up. I didn’t consider the tax was opportune at that moment. Now, it has been officially removed from the programme. There are also new measures, such as the increase of the minimum salary by RON 100 per year until 2020, so that we can reach a minimum net salary of EUR 300 per person. For the university graduates, the minimum wage will rise by RON 150 per year,” Tariceanu said.
He added that Romania must not remain “a country which is provider of cheap workforce.”
“Considering that the workforce average costs in Europe exceed 40%, Romania must head to the same direction, while investments should be more focused on the advanced technologies, to bring higher productivity, and not to rely anymore on cheap workforce, as it has unfortunately happened in the past 25 years. Therefore, Romania’s economy must evolve, get modernized and be more competitive and the business environment must adapt to these new realities,” ALDE chair said.