On May 7, President Klaus Iohannis held a press conference in which he was highly critical of the recently published budgetary execution for the first months of 2018. Once again, this time invoking economic factors, President Iohannis requested PM Dăncilă’s resignation. PSD’s Liviu Dragnea reacted promptly, saying that the President presented a “list of lies”, while the PM has no reason to resign, as long as the Governing Program generates economic growth. Over the past week, Dragnea accused Iohannis of “undermining Romania”.
The following evening, on May 8, Deputy PM Viorel Ștefan held a press conference, presenting the main indicators of the budgetary exercise for the first four months of 2018. Deputy PM Ștefan's intervention aimed at contradicting the negative numbers presented by Iohannis. Among the most important issues presented by Ștefan: ANAF’s income collection rate increased by 11.8%; incomes from excise collection increased by 14.7%; the state budget money transferred to the Pensions’ Second Pillar increased by 19.7% in January 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.
The ongoing public debate over economic matters between President Iohannis and the Gov’t, or the ruling coalition for that matter is expected to continue. On May 14, INS published the official inflation rate (5.2% in April, up from 5% in March). This constant increase of the inflation rate alongside spikes of the ROBOR inter-banking rates are most likely going to be used against the ruling coalition.
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