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RADOR: News from Romania, 98-02-17

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From: RADOR Press Agency <http://indis.ici.ro/romania/news/rador.html>

February 17, 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Mircea Ciumara, the Industry Minister, on reorganizing the autonomous state owned companies
  • [02] "The solidarity tax could cover an important share of the restructuring costs" - Finance Minister said
  • [03] Meal tickets law harms the budget

  • [01] Mircea Ciumara, the Industry Minister, on reorganizing the autonomous state owned companies

    The Executive announced late last year that it was decided to start restructuring and it proposed a law allowing it to start reorganizing the autonomous state owned companies with no intervention from the Legislative. The Parliament opposed to this and wanted to impose its perspective on restructuring the national interest companies; The law stating that the Executive could do restructuring by government decision only in now in works at the Chamber of Deputies. The Industry Minister Mircea Ciumara told RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI reporter about how much this attitude of the Parliament could delay the planR of the Government: "as for the Industry Ministry, there are no delays and the fact that the law is not to pass right now might be a good thing because the 1998 budget will be finalized and therefore I what to rely on when restructuring as costs are high especially for the coal industry." About the effects of the restructuring on the people, Mr. Ciumara said that those ones would benefit from the reduction of electric power costs and cheaper and better done services. Restructuring would also effect on the budget as "there are huge sums that do not enter the budget along with those that have to be paid from the budget because some companies do not pay their debts in energy; all these sums can be redirected towards certain social needs - health, education or culture". RADOR

    [02] "The solidarity tax could cover an important share of the restructuring costs" - Finance Minister said

    The Finance Minister Daniel Daianu said to RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI that they would have to take intoRaccount a solidarity tax to cover an important share of the restructuring costs when settling this year's budget. The Finance Minister said that this tax had "an important ethical dimension that is essential for the good development of the programme and of the transforming here." Mr. Daianu believes that this tax has to be well dimensioned for the money we might get from it not to be misused. The construction of the budget is now depending on the income got from privatization and on this tax." Daniel Daianu also said to the reporter that he might very well propose introduction of this tax when presenting the draft budget to the Cabinet. RADOR

    [03] Meal tickets law harms the budget

    The Finance Ministry said it was woried about the costs for giving the meal tickets. The State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Valentin Lazea said to the Romanian service of the BBC WORLD SERVICE that the Parliament should review the meal tickets law because - as the IMF said - it would hurt the budRet by 1.1% of the GDP. "This is a huge and useless gap in the GDP done by our law makers. The solution would be a radical one: annulling the law." - Mr. Lazea said. It's hard to believe that the oposition would agree with this proposal but the unions would surely be discontnted - BBC WORLD SERVICE. Talks with the IMF representatives have driven out differences between intentions of the Government and of the Parliament on the one hand and the real financial capabilities they have. Democratic Party (DP) Deputy Paula Ivanescu - member of the labour Commission and social protection told BBC that only some of the companies would be able to comply with the law according to the profit the have. RADOR


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