Weekly Policy and Political Report, July 31 - August 7, 2016
As the Government adopted on Friday, August 4, a series of Emergency Ordinances, the ruling coalition (PSD & ALDE) discussed on Monday with Prime Minister Mihai Tudose the details of the upcoming Parliamentary extraordinary session. During the Parliamentary recess, the Government cannot issue Emergency Ordinances, hence the need to have the Parliament in session. On Monday, August 7, Senate Speaker Călin Popescu Tăriceanu (ALDE) announced that the Chamber of Deputies and Senate are to convene in an extraordinary session on Tuesday, August 8. During the Sitting held on August 4, the Government adopted 12 Emergency Ordinances on matters such as European Funds, capping child rearing allowances, fiscal-budgetary measures on healthcare, pensions and wages. During the same Sitting, the Government also had a first reading of the Public-Private Partnership Draft Law. Across the aisle, Save Romania Union (USR) is undergoing internal changes, as the party approaches the referendum on their position on same-sex marriages. On social media, different takes on the issue were presented by different factions: USR Popular and USR Liberal. The two factions indicate an ideological split between conservatism and liberalism within USR, which in the end could very well lead to an actual break within the party and future rearrangements in Parliament. USR’s founder and former president Nicușor Dan is expected to return to USR if the party decides to endorse the constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriages. Dan left the party after an important part of USR rejected the constitutional amendment. According to Dan, what is at stake is USR’s future either as an “umbrella party”, a solution that he prefers, or as an ideologically charged party focusing on minorities’ issues, prospects that Dan has strongly rejected.


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Weekly Policy and Political Report July 24 – August 1, 2017
The ruling coalition convened on Monday, July 31 to analyze the weekly activity of the Government led by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. This week’s sitting addressed the matters that made headlines over the past week, namely the extraordinary parliamentary sitting as well as plans to transfer social contributions from employee to employer. In both cases, the Government and the ruling coalition (PSD-ALDE) seem to have different timelines, if not a different approach altogether.


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Progress Report on Fiscal Policies July 19 - 24, 2017
On Tuesday, July 18, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said that upcoming budget adjustment would be positive and that no money would be cut from investments. PM Tudose also deemed nonsensical opposition’s accusations that the Government does not have resources for pensions and wages. The PM said that more money would be brought from abroad for investments, while the deficit will be within the imposed limit. PM Tudose added that “many pleasant surprises and very good things” would happen as major investments come to Romania. 


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Weekly Policy and Political Report, July 17 – 24, 2017
This week brought no weekly sitting of the ruling coalition, as PSD’s Liviu Dragnea was out of the country. However, on Monday, July 24, Social Democrats convened in the Permanent National Bureau, an executive structure that meets after a 10-month break. Dragnea was replaced by Marian Neacșu (PSD Secretary General), who chaired the political meeting during which the Social Democrats officially confirmed that former Prime Ministers Victor Ponta and Sorin Grindeanu are no longer PSD members. The two former PMs, alongside MEP Cătălin Ivan and Eugen Orlando Teodorovici announced plans to form their own party.


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Progress Report on Fiscal Policies, July 11 - 18, 2017
Following the ruling coalition’s meeting on Monday, July 17, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose announced that the tax on turnover will not be enforced. Tudose highlighted that other means would be found so that companies “who believe they are smarter than the state, lose their confidence”. Tudose said that one of these solutions is to transpose the European Directive which fights against the unreasonable reduction of the base tax and contains provisions on companies paying revenue taxes in the countries where the profits are made.


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