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Simona Fodor
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Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: [email protected] 

 

No special pensions: Romanian MPs announce resignations two weeks before the parliamentary elections

MPs from both the Save Romania Union (USR) and the Social Democrat Party (PSD) announced they would resign from Parliament over the issue of 'special pensions.' 

By resigning before the end of their mandates, the MPs would not receive special pensions, namely those not based on the recipients' previous contributions. Among those receiving such pensions are magistrates, the military staff, the intelligence service staff, and Constitutional Court judges.

The resignation announcements come two weeks before the parliamentary elections, scheduled for December 6.

The first to announce his resignation was PSD leader Marcel Ciolacu, on November 23, ahead of the USR MPs, who had planned on making the announcement on November 24, Hotnews.ro reported.  In a Facebook post, Ciolacu reminded the public that he also resigned four years ago, for the same reason. Alfred Simonis, the leader of the PSD deputies, also announced his resignation.

Meanwhile, USR president Dan Barna said that all USR MPs would resign today, November 24, so that they would not be among those receiving special pensions. "The special pensions defy all honest people in this country. Representing the will of the people is an honor, not a chore," Barna wrote. 

On Monday, PM Ludovic Orban, the president of PNL, labeled the resignations as "demagogic," Stirileprotv.ro reported. He argued Ciolacu and other PSD MPs who announced their resignations already benefit from special pensions as they held several other mandates in the Parliament.

A total of 768 former senators and deputies receive special pensions amounting to over EUR 10 million per year, G4media.ro reported.

This January, the Chamber of Deputies, adopted a draft law for abrogating the special pensions. The bill was promoted by the ruling National Liberal Party (PNL) and backed by all the other parties.

The law canceled the special pensions paid to lawmakers, judges, and prosecutors, specialized auxiliary personnel of the courts and prosecutor's offices, civil servants with special status, parliamentary civil servants, members of the diplomatic and consular body, members of the Constitutional Court, as well as professional personnel from the civil aviation. 

However, the Constitutional Court (CCR) decided in May that the law was unconstitutional

Another initiative followed in June, when the Parliament voted to introduce an 85% income tax rate on special pensions. The Chamber of Deputies' final vote revealed overwhelming support for the law: 307 votes in favor and just one against.

The Constitutional Court deferred a ruling on this matter to December 8.

The special pensions of senators and deputies could be eliminated by abrogating two articles in the Statute of the MPs, according to an analysis of Hotnews.ro. Still, the pensions received by MPs were included in the wider group of the special ones. Three years ago, USR filed a draft law concerning the abrogation of the two articles, but the bill did not enter the voting stage.

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Simona Fodor
Senior Editor

Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: [email protected] 

 

No special pensions: Romanian MPs announce resignations two weeks before the parliamentary elections

MPs from both the Save Romania Union (USR) and the Social Democrat Party (PSD) announced they would resign from Parliament over the issue of 'special pensions.' 

By resigning before the end of their mandates, the MPs would not receive special pensions, namely those not based on the recipients' previous contributions. Among those receiving such pensions are magistrates, the military staff, the intelligence service staff, and Constitutional Court judges.

The resignation announcements come two weeks before the parliamentary elections, scheduled for December 6.

The first to announce his resignation was PSD leader Marcel Ciolacu, on November 23, ahead of the USR MPs, who had planned on making the announcement on November 24, Hotnews.ro reported.  In a Facebook post, Ciolacu reminded the public that he also resigned four years ago, for the same reason. Alfred Simonis, the leader of the PSD deputies, also announced his resignation.

Meanwhile, USR president Dan Barna said that all USR MPs would resign today, November 24, so that they would not be among those receiving special pensions. "The special pensions defy all honest people in this country. Representing the will of the people is an honor, not a chore," Barna wrote. 

On Monday, PM Ludovic Orban, the president of PNL, labeled the resignations as "demagogic," Stirileprotv.ro reported. He argued Ciolacu and other PSD MPs who announced their resignations already benefit from special pensions as they held several other mandates in the Parliament.

A total of 768 former senators and deputies receive special pensions amounting to over EUR 10 million per year, G4media.ro reported.

This January, the Chamber of Deputies, adopted a draft law for abrogating the special pensions. The bill was promoted by the ruling National Liberal Party (PNL) and backed by all the other parties.

The law canceled the special pensions paid to lawmakers, judges, and prosecutors, specialized auxiliary personnel of the courts and prosecutor's offices, civil servants with special status, parliamentary civil servants, members of the diplomatic and consular body, members of the Constitutional Court, as well as professional personnel from the civil aviation. 

However, the Constitutional Court (CCR) decided in May that the law was unconstitutional

Another initiative followed in June, when the Parliament voted to introduce an 85% income tax rate on special pensions. The Chamber of Deputies' final vote revealed overwhelming support for the law: 307 votes in favor and just one against.

The Constitutional Court deferred a ruling on this matter to December 8.

The special pensions of senators and deputies could be eliminated by abrogating two articles in the Statute of the MPs, according to an analysis of Hotnews.ro. Still, the pensions received by MPs were included in the wider group of the special ones. Three years ago, USR filed a draft law concerning the abrogation of the two articles, but the bill did not enter the voting stage.

(Photo: Lcva/ Dreamstime)

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