At the reunion of the National Permanent Office, the only personto bring up the issue of the conflict with Traian Băsescu was partyVice President Ioan Oltean, say Democratic-Liberal Party sources.”What’s with this conflict between the palaces (e.n. CotroceniPalace – seat of the Presidency and Victoria Palace, seat of theGovernment)?”, he asked Emil Boc. Confident of himself, the head ofthe Government explained that there was no such thing. „There wereseveral points of view. We had some options, including taxingpensions and raising VAT. We shouldn’t concern ourselves with this(e.n. the conflict with Băsescu the press is talking about). It isnot a war. We continue to communicate with the President”, Bocsupposedly said.
There weren’t too many takers to continue the subject of thedifference of opinion between Boc and Băsescu on the subject oftaxing pensions, because most members of the National PermanentOffice reject the president’s idea on account that it has severeelectoral cost and there is a risk that it too be declaredunconstitutional, as was the pension cut.
â€¢ The only person whosupported Băsescu’s idea was Vice President Cristian Boureanu, whoproposed that the measure be introduced as of September 1st. Inreturn, he asked the Prime Minister to not raise taxes and to notcollect health insurance contributions for copyright transfercontracts, claiming that it won’t bring in substantial income tothe budget: „We won’t be raising the amount of money collected with15 journalists and three newspaper drivers”.
The barons are rebelling: „I haven’t seen any ministerleave their limos in the automobile park”
To all suggestions for changes in taxation Prime Minister Bocreplied that they will be analyzed when the 2011 budget will bedrafted, namely at the end of the year.
Emil Boc was also attacked by Democratic-Liberal Party leaders fromthe territory, the main things they brought against him being thatbudget reduction began with city halls, while the measures promisedby ministries have yet to come about. „I have yet to see anyminister leave his leased limo in the vehicle park”, said GeorgeScripcaru, mayor of Brașov, to the Prime Minister. Sources from theleadership of the Democratic-Liberal Party have stated for Gândulthat amongst those that accused Boc that so far the restructuringonly targeted local authorities was Mayor of Arad, Gheorghe Falcă,and the President of the Ilfov Democratic-Liberal Party, CristacheRădulescu. Besides things related to combating contraband, thethree supposedly told Boc that they were disappointed that theGovernment has yet to reorganize the agencies and institutionssubordinated to it in the territory.