Romanian PM’s adviser laid off after saying church should pay taxes

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Prime Minister Mihai Tudose laid off Romanian senator Eugen Teodorovici from his office as prime minister’s honorary advisor on Friday, according to official sources cited by Mediafax.

The demise could be related to Teodorovici’s statements about the need to tax the church. He said on Thursday that the church needs to be taxed because “we live in the 21st century and we need money”.

Teodorovici also commented on Friday that the solidarity tax, which is part of the governing program, is an “aberration” and will not be applied. The advisor also said that the decision to allocate EUR 12 million to build a stadium in the Teleorman county, where Social-Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea was born, is not justified, but the decision has already been made.

He had been appointed honorary adviser only a week prior. Teodorovici was minister of the European funds and finance minister in the Ponta Government.

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