Before attending the ruling Social Democrat Party’s Executive Committee on Thursday, Bucharest general mayor, Gabriela Firea, has stated that she is more interested in the Capital City Hall’s budget than of holding an extraordinary congress, claiming Bucharest is currently “in unreported bankruptcy” and that this situation will be approached during a meeting with PM Viorica Dancila.
“I am much more preoccupied during this time with the fact that both the Capital city hall and also the district municipalities have a much lower budget than estimated. I regret that my mayor colleagues have let me fight alone with you know who (editor note: Liviu Dragnea). For probably there were some who enjoyed that money has been cut from the Capital City Hall’s budget, but we are all no in an unreported bankruptcy now, when we are not able to ensure the current activity”, Firea said.
The Bucharest general mayor announced she will have a meeting with PM Dancila and Finance minister Eugen Teodorovici next week, to discuss the budget allotted to the city halls.
“We might get to the Monetary Council. These are priorities, not holding a Congress”, she underlined.
Later on, while live on Digi24, Firea has told flatly that the Finance Ministry and the Gov’t are responsible for the bankrupt issue in Bucharest.
“I cannot be held responsible for the fact that last year the Finance Ministry has cut RON 500 million from our budget in December, and we have got less and less month after month this year, even less than the commitment in the budget law. This is the Bucharesters’ money, revenues from the income tax, and the only to blame for not delivering this money is the Ministry of Finance, so, the Government”, the Bucharest mayor argued.
Mass media has though pointed out that the city hall of Cluj-Napoca, for instance, led by Emil Boc, is in the same situation, with cut funds, and yet, it’s not going bankrupt. Moreover, some publications reported over Firea’s waste of money on shows, concerts, fairs, Christmas and Easter lights and decorations and other leisure activities in Bucharest.