Parliament approves salary raise for ministers, other public officials

From July 1, about 1,300 public servants will get higher salaries, with ministers in particular to receive 50,184 lei a month, or nearly double what they get today. The measure, which today was approved by Parliament in the first reading, will cost the public budget an additional 90 million lei.

Prime Minister Dorin Recean told the Parliament plenary meeting that everyone needs an efficient administration with “fairly normal” remuneration. “We have the obligation that these salary investments lead to an increase in general income and create a capacity for the Republic of Moldova to join the EU and negotiate assistance projects”, argued the prime minister.

The opposition criticized the proposed measure. MP Alla Darovannaia (Com-Soc) suggested that the measure was a bad idea given that the public debt already exceeded 34 percent of GDP. She also questioned the government’s decision to prioritize ministers over health care workers and teachers when it comes to salary raises.

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