Six months into her term, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă presented a review of her Cabinet’s activity. The 47-slide presentation covered topics ranging from macroeconomics (total budget revenues, tax revenue, deficit to the pension fund, EU funds absorption rate, public investments, FDI, unemployment rate) to social measures, de-bureaucratization, healthcare, education, agriculture, local development, strategic investments.
The self-assessment focused exclusively on positive figures: higher revenues to the budget (+12%), a lower deficit to the pension fund, EU funds absorption rate spiked to 19%, RON 9.1 billion in public investments, and a solid increase of FDIs (EUR 2.21 billion in Q1 2018. The pension point was increased to RON 1100, and the minimum pension is now RON 640 instead of RON 520. When it comes to infrastructure and stimulating the economy, the PM pointed at the amended legislation on public procurement and at the new legislation on PPP, legislation that is designed to drive projects forward.
The only downturn was in income tax which dropped from RON 14.5 billion in Q1 2017, to RON 11.7 billion in Q1 2018. “You all know that this is due to the decreased income tax from 16% to 10%. (…) On the other hand, the transfer of social contributions from employers to employees brought RON 12.6 billion compared to Q1 2017.”
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