The Parliament plenary sitting, joint session of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, has voted on Friday the consolidated state budget for 2019, with 275 votes for, 122 against and 2 abstentions.
Among the main amendments to the state budget during the Parliamentary debates are the increase of allowances for children, cuts of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) budgets, the increase of the Health Ministry by RON 295 million to implement the programmes Vitamin D, Panorama and Tumor Test Markers, whereas the budgets of the Finance Ministry and of the Guard and Protocol Service (SPP) have been diminished.
In order to increase the Health Ministry budget, the budget for the Finance Ministry has been cut by RON 110 million.
Before the final vote in the plenary sitting, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said the budget is a realistic one.
“For me and for the Government is the moment of truth, the moment when we may leave the political statements outside the room and, on the basis of the figures provided by the budget, we can anticipate how this year would be like in terms of economic life. The minimum wage will increase by 10%. This year too we will grant the holiday vouchers worth RON 1,450, as well as the food allowance worth two minimum wages per year. The pension point will increase by up to 15%. (…) Although the budget cannot answer all the needs, it is a realistic budget which brings development horizons for Romania. Any budget can be improved,” Premier Viorica Dancila said.