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ALDE's Vosganian: As a first, there was no question of pensions being too low

Varujan Vosganian

Floor leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) deputies Varujan Vosganian said on Wednesday that, for the first time within the debates on the budget law, the issue of too little money for salaries hasn't come up, or the issue of pensions being too low or that the allocations by areas are reduced, thus, he believes that this represents a remarkable starting point in a budget.

"I was among those who discussed in relation to the investments programme of this budget. This is why, at least in respect to this innovative aspect of a unitary vision, including Moldavia, where I grew up and which I represent in Parliament, it seems that this marks a turning point in the Romanian budget philosophy. (...) It's very interesting that in this debate - I confess, it is the first time when this has happened to me - there was no question of being too little money for salaries, no issues related to pensions being too low, no issue that the allocations by areas are small, which, I confess, represents a remarkable starting point in a budget. Instead, it was said that this budget will threaten national security. I don't believe this thing. We had talks in the committees, I don't think that it will happen. It was said that a control over the local public administration shall be set. It's not true. This budget implies a higher cost per inhabitant against last years. Therefore, there is a higher safety net," Vosganian stated in the joint plenary sitting of Parliament, at the general debates on the draft of the 2019 budget law.

He added that it is for the first time when there is a coherent vision about the future of Moldavia.

"In this budget draft a high-speed railroad is finally mentioned, that links Giurgiu-Bucharest to Iasi and Suceava via Pascani. It is the first time when a vision is given in relation to the road network, it's about the section from Iasi to Targu Mures, which enters the public-private partnership system and the section from Targu Neamt to Targu Mures, where the feasibility study is being updated. And I would like to add that from Targu Mures toward the west border, a good part of the highway will be completed in the next two years. (...) This budget is a bet with ourselves and a bet with the Romanian people. Basically, it is the proposal of a road map about Romania," he mentioned.


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