Social Democratic Party (PSD, major at rule, ed.n.) leader Liviu Dragnea said that a government and a PSD-ALDE (the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, minor at rule, ed.n.) coalition are needed to tell banks and multinationals that "from the huge profits they make here, they should pay the taxes."
"It takes a government and a party and a coalition - my colleague and friend is here - to tell both banks and multinationals in Romania that this country has the right to demand that the huge profits that they make, they should pay the taxes here. Not in tax havens or in countries of origin, because they make the money here in Romania with Romanians," Liviu Dragnea stated on Sunday at the National Council of PSD.
The Social Democrat leader gave some examples to support his allegations.
"How can one believe, for example, in the honesty of a large chain of hypermarkets that, with multibillion-dollar businesses, declare a profit of 0.5 percent. Well, you think, you really pity them, sir, they have been struggling in this country for years and just 0.5 percent profit? And after that, surely you find out the piece of information that, for example, they buy a bottle of juice, I am not giving the name, it's a juice that a lot of us drink, they are not buying in Romania, because it is also produced in Romania with 0.9 lei, they buy it from a tax haven with 2.20 lei and sell it with 2.70 lei. If they bought it with 0.9 lei, that is, 90 bani from Romania and sell it with 2.70 lei, the profit between 0.9 lei and 2.70 lei would be taxed here. Whereas as such, it is taxed or rather not taxed in a tax haven (...) For example, an energy multinational, heavy business, has a profit of 0.8 per thousand, it's no longer per hundred, it is per thousand. So think about how these people struggle with business of billions of euro, to have profits of 0.8 per thousand (...) A large telephony company, with epaulettes, turnover between 3 and 4 billion, the huge profit reported, 1,500 lei. (...) I tell them from here, from the National Council's floor, to all of them, that Romania is not a village without watch dogs. Tomorrow, they can fund all the attacks against me, the prime minister and the government and the party, they can finance them, but Romania is not a village without watch dogs. We cannot stand as dummies to see how our resources are being taken," Dragnea added.