We inherited a “gap” in the budget of over 4 billion lei from the previous authorities, - the Minister of Finance.
This was said by Natalia Gavrilita at a press conference on Friday. She noted that many decisions of the previous government "were election gifts or even manipulations" made in a hurry, and they will be costly for the country. In addition, there are not enough funds for their implementation at the local level. Gavrilita reported that in the budget for 2019, along with income from taxes and fees, were planned revenues of 1.2 billion lei in the form of grants from European partners. But in conditions when relations with partners are suspended, these revenues could not go to the state budget. According to Gavrilita, wages in the public sector were raised without the necessary training: without a register of civil servants, and also without data on the assessment of the impact of this reform. And when the law was considered in parliament, populist amendments were adopted, which shifted some of the accents and essence of the law. Moreover, the law on wage increases in the public sector was adopted after local governments had already approved their budgets. The results of the budget implementation in the first half of 2019 indicate that the costs of raising salaries already by 1 billion lei exceed the amount budgeted for this purpose. “Due to the suspension of relations with external partners, the sources of covering the current deficit have been questioned. The funds of the IMF, the EU and the WB were planned to cover it - only about 2 billion lei. But since these funds were not received, bank loans, which are expensive both for the government and for business, became the most reliable sources for covering the deficit. Thus, we inherited a “gap” in the budget of more than 4 billion lei, ”the Minister of Finance said. In this situation, as the minister explained, the priority number one for the new authorities was unblocking relations with partners, adjusting the budget to save its social costs and urgently changing laws that benefit exclusively the oligarch group and harm the state and Moldovans. // 12.07.2019 — InfoMarket.