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  Romanian government cuts president’s budget by 20 percent
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Aug 08, 2018 04:29pm
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AuthorCarmen Paun
News DateWednesday, August 8, 2018 07:15:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Romanian government has opened a new front in its ongoing battle with President Klaus Iohannis by cutting his office’s budget by about 20 percent.

Led by Social Democrat Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, the government decided to cut the budget of the president’s office by some €2.3 million as part of a revision to the 2018 budget, claiming that Iohannis’ office wasn’t spending the money allocated to it. Other government entities, including the intelligence services and the energy and external affairs ministries, also saw budget cuts.

The president’s spokeswoman Mădălina Dobrovolschi said the administration had committed to spending some 80 percent of its budget so far and that it wasn’t true that it wasn’t spending its allocated funds.

“The budget correction has nothing to do with the need to consolidate the national budget, but it’s a tool of budgetary punishment for political opponents and for institutions that are not subordinated to the [Social Democratic Party] PSD,” Dobrovolschi said Tuesday.

She added that slashing the budget is just one of numerous attempts by the parliamentary majority, made up of the PSD and its liberal junior partner ALDE, to diminish the president’s role through legislative changes.
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