Progress Report on Fiscal Policies December 5 - 11, 2017
The Budget for 2018, Social Insurance Budget, the Law approving the fiscal ceilings as well as the Emergency Ordinance designed to keep the deficit under 3% were adopted during the Government Sitting of December 6, published in the Official Gazette and they already reached the Parliament for debate. FinMin Mișa stated that 2018 budget is built on a 5.5% economic growth, an annual average inflation of 3.1% and an average inflation rate of RON 4.55/EUR. PM Tudose stated repeatedly that the 2018 priorities will be health, education and infrastructure.  


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Weekly Policy and Political Report December 4 - 11, 2017
            On Sunday, December 10, people in Bucharest as well as in other major cities took to the streets against the amendments brought to the Justice Laws. Apart from the independence of justice and a rejection of Parliament’s ongoing work on the Justice Laws, people also raised the issue of the public healthcare system which is currently facing severe drug shortages. USR, PNL and Dacian Cioloș’ Platforma Romania 100 (soon to become political party) joined street protests after holding a joint press conference. The press conference held by the opposition parties was also joined by the representatives of the NGOs that were active on this subject. Apart from rejecting the new Justice Laws, the political opposition also demanded Liviu Dragnea stepping down from the position of Chamber of Deputies speaker.  


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Progress Report on the Priorities of the European Commission, November 29 - December 6, 2017
On Wednesday, December 6, the Government adopted the budget for 2018. Following the adoption of the Budget, the bill is to be sent to the Parliament. Debates in the specialized committees are expected to consume most of Parliament’s resources for the following week, with other bills to be placed on hold until the Budget passes. Ongoing political tensions have had an impact on the activity of the Parliament. On Wednesday, November 29, the Senate suspended its activity due to lack of quorum, as PNL, USR and PMP Senators left the plenum. The opposition reacted against Dragnea and Tăriceanu signing the reply to the Statement of the US Department of State on the Justice Law on behalf of the entire Romanian Parliament. The opposition claimed that they are not represented by the two Speakers and demanded Liviu Dragnea’s resignation.


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Weekly Policy and Political Report November 27 – December 4, 2017
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Deputy PM Marcel Ciolacu announced that the Budget Law for 2018 is to be adopted this week. Following the adoption of the Budget, most likely on Wednesday, the bill is to be sent in Parliament; debates in the specialized committees are expected to consume most of Parliament’s resources for the following week, with other bills to be placed on hold until the Budget passes.   The Ruling Coalition   Over the past week, the ruling coalition went through a series of internal contradictions and conflicting public positions coming from its main political figures (either between PSD and ALDE on the one hand, or between PSD leaders on the other hand). Both within the ruling coalition, and within the party there were several diverging opinions on amendments to the Justice Laws, PSD’s rally, Bucharest City Hall’s Christmas Fair, or the so-called "parallel state". 


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Progress Report on Fiscal Policies November 27 – December 4, 2017
The Ministry for Public Finances put up for debate the draft Budget for 2018 on November 29 (late at night). Alongside the draft Budget for 2018 (you can download the synthesis here), MFP also published the Draft Social State Insurance Budget for 2018, the Draft Law approving ceilings and indicators specified in the fiscal-budgetary framework for 2018, as well as a Draft Emergency Ordinance operating a wide series of fiscal changes linked to meeting the 3% deficit, ensuring wages for certain categories of public servants. This draft GEO also provides new rules for the National Agency for Land Measuring (in the context of the second stage of the National Development Program – PNDL), and freezes job openings in the public system for one year.   


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