The Constitutional Court (CC) suspended the law adopted by the Government by assuming responsibility for it bypassing Parliament. The law contains a number of measures to support the citizens and business during the state of emergency. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Ion Chicu in a press briefing, IPN reports.
By the law that took effect on April 7, the minimum monthly guaranteed income for families with low incomes was increased from 1,107 lei to 1,300 lei for the duration of the state of emergency. The minimum employment benefit was set at 2,775 lei, while the minimum monthly guaranteed income for each child was raised from 50% (553 lei) to 75% (975 lei).
The VAT rate for the enterprises of the hospitality industry was to be cut from 20% to 15% for the duration of the state of emergency. The deadline for paying local taxes for the first quarter of this year for business entities that stopped work in accordance with the decisions taken by the Commission for Exceptional Situations was to be extended until July 25.
Premier Chicu said now the Government will be unable to deliver these promises. “This is the result of the irresponsible, populist actions of politicians who generated the suspension,” he stated, noting he will convoke the Cabinet to consider the subsequent steps. He said he could also convene the Commission for Exceptional Situations for taking “very radical” decisions.
PAS MPs Sergiu Litvinenco and Veronica Roșca on April 7 filed two applications to the Constitutional Court over the law for which the Government assumed responsibility. The MPs said the challenged provisions refer to aspects that bear no relation to the object of the law for which the Government assumed responsibility – to take measures to support the citizens and entrepreneurs during the state of emergency.