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MEP Winkler: I hope the new Government will move to a sustainable economic growth model
iuliu winkler

MEP Iuliu Winkler (UDMR, EPP) criticized the Tudose Government's "fiscal revolution" in western Deva, on Monday, hoping that the current Executive will make a shift from the model of an economic growth based on consumption to a sustainable one, focused mainly on infrastructure investment.

"I hope that what I called the 'fiscal revolution' in fiscal year 2017, namely 'fiscal jumping' - to quote the President of Romania, with whom I fully agree this time - I hope that has stopped. I hope we will have now an analysis of the new Government that moves from a model of unsustainable growth to a sustainable growth model, meaning that from consumption we move to investment, in our growth model," said the European parliamentarian, member of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR).

According to him, the business environment suffered because of the tax measures taken last year, even if Romania recorded an important economic growth.

In the opinion of the MEP, the business environment is "suffocated by bureaucracy" and "exasperated by the lack of predictability of governmental actions".

"We have some clear economic signals. For example, the number of insolvency procedures, which last year rose to more than 8,000 in Romania and is about twice the insolvency procedures in Central and Eastern European countries, which means we have a problem," Winkler pointed out.

He added that there are problems signaled by investors regarding the poor transport infrastructure, but also about ensuring the necessary workforce on the labor market.

"We had a 2017 year in which the 'fiscal revolution' also meant pro-cyclical measures, so we cut taxes and raised incomes in a period of economic growth, which added more vulnerabilities for the coming period. I very much hope that the new Government will lay emphasis on using EU funds, we will be able to get out of this hole of poor use of European funds and we will finally be able to move to a more sustainable growth model, which will focus primarily on the development of infrastructure," concluded the European lawmaker.



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