President Basescu: Conditions to restore public wages were met in December; this is no populist action

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President Traian Basescu on Sunday said that his announcing that the public wages should be restored to their levels of pre-2010 25-percent cuts was no act of populism, mentioning that the criteria to lift this austerity measure was met as far back as December 2011.

‘This is in no way populism. All should join a responsible governance and my message could only be responsible because you cannot hide realities for ever,’ Basescu told the Pro TV commercial television channel in response to a question about his announcement that the public wages should be restored to their levels of before the cuts.

He added that it was his duty to ask Parliament and the Government to restore the wages, given that the austerity measures were designed to be applied temporarily.

‘The conditions for restoring the wages to their levels of before the temporary cuts were met on December 31. In the name of prudence, the Boc Cabinet and Prime Minister Ungureanu said we discuss this matter after the first quarter of 2012, to see what happens in the meantime, whether or not there will be some spike related less to the budget and more to unexpected events. The criteria for lifting this measure agreed upon with the International Monetary Fund are fulfilled,’ Basescu added.

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