By weighing in on the 2019 budget and the statements on it, President Klaus Iohannis is playing "an electoral game at the expense of the Romanians" and "misinforms them," Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said at the beginning of a government meeting on Tuesday.
"I had the feeling that we returned in time, to 2013, when another president would promulgate only the social security budget, with the same lies. The Romanian president misinforms the Romanians, inventing ridiculous explanations of why he made the decision to block the adoption of the 2019 budget. It is obviously an electoral game but that he is playing at the expense of the Romanians," Dancila said.
She called "irresponsible" the statements of the president, adding that Iohannis generates worries that there is no pension money, although that does not have "any real basis".
"Mr President Iohannis proves that he does not know elementary things when he says 1.4 billion lei are missing from the pension budget. In fact, after many years in 2019, the budget will have a surplus of 1.7 billion lei , as a result of the transfer of contributions from the employer to the employees - another measure that President Iohannis criticised, a measure that has shown its effectiveness. Another misinformation that the president has nonchalantly aired relates to pension increases. Mr President should carefully read the measures the Romanian government has passed. Because we increased pensions ahead of schedule, on July 1, 2017 for the year 2018 and on July 1, 2018 for the year 2019, by much more than inflation and the real increase in gross wages," Dancila explained.
According to the head of the executive, if the government had done "what President Iohannis and his party would ask for, the pensions of the Romanians would have been much lower than they are now."
"I consider the statements made by the president totally irresponsible, who is playing with the feelings of the people while getting pensioners worried that there is no pension money, a claim that has no real basis. What is Mr President trying to accomplish by insisting on issues that strike worries among pensioners? Is he laying the ground for a decision to cut off pensioners' rights at the behest of the political parties they are supporting him, as it happened in the past? I am declaring loud and clear that pensioners have no reason to worry. Just as we have pledged, we continue with increasing pensions planned for January 1, 2020 this September 1. That is three months earlier than we had originally established. The Romanian government has the money to pay the pensions to secure all the rights set by law," Dancila stated.