Progress Report on Fiscal Policies, September 3-10, 2018
On September 4th, 2018 President Klaus Iohannis suspended the meeting of the Supreme Council of Defense (CSAT) which was convened on order to discuss the project of budget adjustment advanced by the Government. In the press statement that followed the meeting, President Iohannis stated that the notice of the CSAT is mandatory when discussing normative acts affecting the budget of national security institutions. The President requested the Government to adapt the draft budget adjustment. In response, Finance Minister, Eugen Teodorovici claimed that “any delay in the budget adjustment could negatively impact the economy”. He argued that there was no legal ground for suspending the CSAT meeting and requested the declassification of the transcript of the meeting. Also, Teodorovici stated that, that the Government must request the notice of the CSAT for the budget adjustment, but is under no obligation to obtain it, citing Constitutional Court Decisions no. 383/2011, 574/2011 and 575/2011. On September 5th, the Government adopted the budget adjustment for 2018, thought GEO no. 78/2018 on the state budget and GEO no. 79/2018 on the state social insurance budget. On the same date, President Iohannis, strongly condemned the Government’s action of adopting the budget adjustment, without the notice of the CSAT and asked the Ombudsman to challenge the constitutionality of GEO on the adjustment of the state budget, before the Constitutional Court. The Ombudsman announced that he will consider it.  


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Weekly Policy and Political Report, 3-10 September 2018
The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea, attended a talk-show on Antena 3 TV station where he mentioned the current pressing issues for the party (and for himself). The internal divide within PSD continued to grow after last week’s statements of Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea against Dragnea. The PSD leader also mentioned in passing the ruling coalition’s political priorities for the upcoming Parliamentary session: the Sovereign Development and Investment Fund, the laws on national security, referendum on redefining “the family”, the off-shore bill, the Romania 2040 strategy and the lobbying law. He reiterated his support for PM Viorica Dăncilă and the current Gov’t, even though an evaluation of ministers’ activity is expected to happen this week. He added that there is a distinct possibility that some ministers will be replaced by early October.


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Weekly Policy and Political Report 27 August - 3 Septembrie 2018
            On Monday, September 3, the Parliament convened in the Autumn legislative session. The main points on the ruling coalition’s legislative agenda are: the new pension law, amendments to the offshore law, the new pension law, the lobby law, the establishment of the National Agency for Wiretapping or the Romanian Agency for Strategic Investments and Exports, as well as the reexamination of the Criminal Codes and Justice Laws. The main priorities of the ruling coalition revolve around deep economic measures and significant amendments to the justice system.


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Fiscal Policies Review August 27- Sept 3, 2018
Following the Governments’ claim on August 24th that the President attempts to block the adoption of the first budget adjustment this year, by refusing to immediately convene the Supreme Council of Defense (CSAT), thus allegedly jeopardizing the complete and timely payment of pensions, allowances, salaries of public employees, as well as the provision of medical services and ensuring citizens' safety, the Presidency announced on August 24th that the Secretariat of the CSAT has already initiated the procedures for issuing a Council decision on the rectification of the state budget of the institutions with responsibilities in the field of national security for 2018. According to the same source, President decided to convene the CSAT on September 4th since the individual agreement of all Council members required by art. 6 par. (3) of the Law no. 415/2002 for issuing decisions has not been met. On the same date, President Klaus Iohannis declared that “the Government can pass any budget adjustment without CSAT’s notice […] with the exception of the field of national security.”


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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, August 15 - 29, 2018
The Chamber of Deputies and the Senate are set to convene September 3rd (Monday) at 4:00 PM, thus signaling the start of the ordinary Parliamentary session for the second half of 2018. Between August 29 and September 2, the National Executive Committee of PSD is to convene in Neptun to trace lines of action for the upcoming year, since both presidential and European Parliament elections are to take place in 2019. The letter of PSD senator Ecaterina Andronescu requesting the resignation of Liviu Dragnea might also constitute a subject of discussion, as well as the evaluation of several Ministers’ activity in the current Gov’t. ALDE met on August 28 and on the agenda there have been new legislative proposals soon to be initiated, including the Law of Lobbying, since this type of activity is currently unregulated.


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