The Government will meet on Friday in its first meeting this year, going to discuss the state budget for 2013 and the impending visit to Romania of the International Monetary Fund delegation.
Premier Victor Ponta asked ministers in the last cabinet meeting, held in 2012, to get prepared for the budget debates in the first meeting of 2013, given that the delegation of the International Monetary Fund is expected to come to Bucharest on January 15.
„For the first Government meeting in 2013 we will meet prepared for the budget, for the IMF. (…) I hope that Finances and those who draft the budget are very advanced and this means that, until the IMF delegation comes, everyone must work to have the budget ready”, said the Premier in the Executive’s meeting of December 27.
He stressed that all ministers must be prepared for discussions with the international partners, as well as for the debates in Parliament.
As well, the Premier asked the Minister of Environment, Rovana Plumb, to provide a briefing in the first Government Meeting, in 2013, as well as a proposal on the first car tax situation. The initial form of the car tax, suspended until December 31, is back into force since January 1, but the Executive is considering changing it.
Also in the Friday meeting, Government decisions on ministries restructuring and reorganization are to be discussed.
Resident Representative of the IMF for Romania and Bulgaria, Tonny Lybek, announced, in a press release released on Thursday, that the International Monetary Fund mission, headed by the Chief negotiator for Romania, Erik of Vrijer, will come to Bucharest on January 15, for the seventh and eighth revision of the Stand by agreement with Romania.