Romania finally has a budget

More than 3,500 amendments filed by the opposition were rejected, and socialist MPs tried to send the bill back to the committees. However, the vote, which was scheduled for Tuesday, was not delayed.  [EPA-EFE/BOGDAN CRISTEL]

Romania’s parliament adopted its budget law without approving any amendments on Tuesday. Although the bill still needs to be signed into law by President Klaus Iohannis, this is seen as a formality since the budget was adopted exactly in the form proposed by the government.

“The budget includes two things I care most about. The reforms will start in all corners of the Romanian state (…) The second is a firm statement that Romania’s path is in Europe and nowhere else, and in NATO. We guarantee reform and security to Romanians,” said Citu during the parliamentary debates. 

More than 3,500 amendments filed by the opposition were rejected, and socialist MPs tried to send the bill back to the committees. However, the vote, which was scheduled for Tuesday, was not delayed. 

A member of the governing coalition deplored the parliament’s being sidelined in adopting the budget during a pandemic. “A budget greenlighted with no amendments basically means a parliament that foregoes its duty of controlling the executive power,” said USR PLUS MP Tudor Benga.

The government can now start to deliver what it promised, as many actions, including aid for companies affected by the pandemic, were blocked by the lack of a budget law. (Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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