The electoral campaign for next month’s parliamentary elections is announced to be a very aggressive one, with contradictory messages from PSD and PNL, the main governing parties.
In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, most economic experts believe that 2021 will be a very difficult year for the world economy. In this context, governments are forced to bring money to the budget with more or less aggressive measures.
PSD officials, led by leader Marcel Ciolacu, believe that the PNL will turn next year into one of cruel austerity for the Romanian people, with a significant increase in taxes, salaries and low pensions. On the other side of the barricade, Orban government officials are very optimistic about next year.
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban offered assurances in an interview with Free Europe that the draft budget for 2021 does not imply, in any form, increases in taxes to supplement the state budget, as circulated by the PSD members.
“This is the liberal solution and guarantees a strong recovery of the economy”, said the Minister of Finance, Florin Cîțu, after recently announcing public investments, for the first ten months of 2021, of 35.4 billion lei, with 8, 6 billion lei more than in the same period last year and more than the value of investments in 2016, 2017 or 2018. In the same context, the Minister of Finance pointed out that, despite the difficulties created by the pandemic, the Government managed to finance and the budget deficit in a “much cheaper than PSD” manner.
In Marcel Ciolacu’s attacks on the Government, without clear evidence in this regard, he said that the liberals are lying. They want to increase taxes and duties, to make a loan to the International Monetary Fund. “I lie that taxes and fees will not increase, although, secretly, they are working hard on simulations to increase VAT,” said the PSD leader. “In the last month of his rule, Orban has ravaged the economy and impoverished the people. He calculates how much to increase the VAT, although the VAT increase directly affects the Romanians with low and medium incomes ”, pulsated Gabriela Firea on the same plate.
In the end, we will most likely find out the truth after next month’s election.