Prime minister calls on EcMin to withdraw project on state companies reorganisation, clarify matter

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A project on the restructuring or reorganisation of some state companies, which entails mass redundancies by 2018 was not put forward to the Government and it is not backed by the Government, with Prime Minister Victor Ponta calling on Economy Minister Varujan Vosganian to withdraw it from the ministry website and to clarify the matter as well as to find the persons who had put forward such a document without the Executive’s approval, the Government’s press office announced on Thursday.

„Relating the information carried by the news media about a so-called programme of redundancies in 16 state companies in the energy sector, the Government’s press office is able to make the following clarification: the Government of Romania has not discussed and has not approved such a project”, the release says.

The project posted on the Economy Ministry’s website was not put forward to the Government and is not backed by it, the source added.

„The Prime Minister called on Economy Minister Varujan Vosganian to withdraw this project from the ministry website and to clarify the matter as well as to find the persons who had put forward such a document without the Executive’s approval”, the press office said.

A draft urgent ordinance saying 15 state-run energy companies will implement restructuring/reorganisation programmes that shall entail collective lay-offs by 2018, with the employees made redundant to benefit from social security measures was published on the website of the Economy Ministry on Wednesday.

Vosganian told a news conference on Wednesday that the Executive was planning no lay-offs, but it will extend a form of social security set in an emergency ordinance adopted in 2006 that expired in 2012.

The Government will extend the provisions of an emergency ordinance from 2006 aimed at the social security of the persons made redundant by massive lay-offs, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said too, thus denying media reports that the authorities will start a programme for shedding jobs in the power companies.

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