Premier asks ministers in charge to increase tax collections by 1.5pct of GDP in 2 months

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Premier Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu on Friday asked the minister and the other governmental officials with capacities in the tax evasion combat to increase the collection ratio of taxes to the state budget by 1.5 percent of the GDP in 60 days.

Premier Ungureanu on Friday headed in the Government the Inter-ministry Committee for the Tax Evasion Combat, with Finance Minister Bogdan Dragoi, Interior Minister Gabriel Berca, Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu, Economy Minister Lucian Bode, National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) Sorin Blejnar, representatvies of the National Customs Authority, the Financial Guard, the Public Ministry, the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), the Department for the Fight against Fraud (DLAF), the Romanian Police and the Border Police attending the meeting, the Government informs.

„We have at our disposal two important sources for the increase of budget revenues and of the gross domestic product: the efficient access and management of European funds and the tax evasion combat. We have 33 percent of the GDP revenues, under the European average of 40 percent. I demand you that in 60 days your actions of tax evasion combat in the alcohol and vegetal products area, with the observance of the legal provisions, bring to the state budget revenues of at least 1.5 percent of the GDP. You have my unconditional support for implementing the necessary measures for achieving this goal,” the Prime Minister said, according to a Government release.

He underscored that the tax evasion was a national safety and administrative reform objective for the Government he run by him.

In his turn, Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu pointed out that the Romanian legislation had legislative levers and instruments for the tax evasion combat.

The Justice Ministry will make a thorough assessment on the law implementing in the filed and, if modifications are needed, they will be proposed to the Government, Minister Predoiu added.

Moreover, Public Finance Minister Bogdan Dragoi underlined that the Government would maintain the budget deficit target of 1.9 percent of the GDP in 2012.

„The objective concerning the intensification of measures for tax evasion combat will allow us to be more flexible in terms of investment expenditure, while we remain firm on the target of 1.9 percent of the GDP budget deficit target for 2012,” Dragoi said, according to the release.

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