Amendments to state budget adopted, opposition dissatisfied

The MPs adopted the amendments to the 2020 state budget law after giving them a final reading by 59 votes in favor. After the first reading, the MPs proposed over 40 amendments that were endorsed by the Government, while the opposition’s proposals were mainly rejected. Consequently, the government was harshly criticized, the opposition saying the amendments are “purely electoral” in character, IPN reports.

In the same sitting, the legislature adopted amendments to the mandatory health insurance funds law and the social insurance budget law.

In a press briefing, the members of the Pro Moldova group expressed their indignation because their amendments weren’t supported. They proposed immediately doubling the salaries of teachers and healthcare workers, but this proposal was rejected even if budget funds were identified for the purpose.

“Instead of allocating money for the necessary initiatives, funds are earmarked for electoral projects and the whims of the head of the ruling alliance and the government,” stated the leader of Pro Moldova Andrian Candu.

The PPPDA MPs also said the amendments are electoral in character. According to them, the amendments concerning community development, which necessitate funding, weren’t put to the vote for the reason that the Government didn’t pronounce on them. All the allocations intended for localities were directed exclusively to the settlements managed by mayors representing the parliamentary majority, which is absolutely inequitable and abusive.

“The commission’s head, Mister Golovatiuc, did nothing but promote the amendments formulated by the Party of Socialists and of those who are actually an ‘annex’ of the Socialists -Mister Filip’s Democrats,” said PPPDA MP Maria Ciobanu.

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