While the economic situation is getting more and more complicated for the private sector, the Ciucă government has thought of a blow to the Romanians who continue to struggle in this country, to those who work hard, to those who have not given up hope that Romania will do good for once, to be led by visionary politicians . However, the government went into a period of respite and even advanced in amending the Public Finance Act, even though the law stipulates that the changes come into effect after six months. Excessive taxation of part-time contracts, this overnight, could be considered an economic assassination, as it would affect hundreds of thousands of Romanians. On the other hand, small enterprises are practically crushed, passing from a 3% tax rate to a 16% tax rate as of January 1, if they do not have employees. The government, intentionally or unintentionally, ignores that we are talking about small family businesses that are run by people who, in general, also have a job with a work book and they pay taxes to the state. As if this were not enough, the turnover cap at which the company can be registered as a small business has also been lowered. All these measures prove that the members of the government do not understand the market economy, and that the local private environment for them is only a profitable cow that should provide financial comfort to the administrative apparatus. Perhaps this should not surprise us, because we are generally talking about ministers with no experience in the private sector, who have never run a private company, and have never worried about tomorrow, because in the state “the day passes, the paper goes.” We are talking about those with responsibilities in the financial and economic field, because the fate of other fields also depends on the people who manage these sectors at the ministerial level, whether we are talking about education, medicine, culture or sports.
Although the government still boasts of significant economic growth, it is insignificant, and the reality is quite different. With a stubbornness much like losing consciousness, the government refuses to cut budget expenditures, especially by reducing the administrative apparatus, which has grown continuously after Prime Minister Ciucă took office, and wants to get chestnuts out of fire again in the hands of the private sector. The government is paying down its debt surprisingly fast, borrowing at the highest interest rates on long-term loans in the EU, and inflation killing even the darkest expectations, but government employment has continued to flow.
Adrian Câciu, zero special experience and high-level contacts
The craftsman of the new financial revolution is the Minister of Finance, Adrian Cassio. However, if we look at his resume, we will notice that his experience in the private sector is zero, and that he has never run a company before. He always preferred a warm place in public institutions. First of all, suppose he is a graduate of the Faculty of Commercial and Financial Relations – Domestic and International Banking within the Romanian American Private University, but he obtained his license from the Academy of Economic Studies, and the explanation is the fact that at that time the graduated department was not accredited by him. Before entering the public sector, Adrian Câciu worked for several years in two private companies that no longer exist today. He ended up in the PSD area, and thus progressed in his career, being appointed Director of the Cabinet of a Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, which at the time was headed by Petri Daya. Over the years, we’ve also found him working for the State Domains Agency, an institution of the Ministry of Agriculture. Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Specialized Inspector, Member of the Board of Directors, Director, Senior Adviser, Member of the Privatization Committee, Director of the Cabinet and Minister of Foreign Affairs are the positions that Adrian Cassio has held over the years in the two public institutions. We should also add that he is a graduate of a master’s program in the School of Agricultural Economics at ASE. However, the real professional blow came much later, and the doors opened wide for his promotion to the position of Minister today. In November 2020, the personal advisor of the PSD mayor arrived from Buzau, a very influential person in this formation, but also the advisor of the PSD on economic issues. Buzau was an important point on the map of the balance of power in this party, as the PSD leader, Marcel Ciolaco, also came from the local branch.
Marcel Ciolaco, thirsty for books and politics, and less for work
Although not a member of the government, Marcel Ciolaco is one of the main promoters of the change in the Public Finance Act. Currently, he is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, but as of next year he could be Prime Minister, with cadres from the PSD-PNL alliance rotating. Having become a guiding beacon for the PSD in recent years, he has recently appeared in several public appearances calling for a change in the public finance law, one of the main topics being progressive taxation, but for the time being he offers us appetizers, and wrecking. of small projects. The relation of his rule to the market economy and the private environment, which its proponents say is so, is very tenuous, is almost non-existent. According to his biography, published on the website of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolaco discovered his passion for work quite late, when most Romanians were already having good years in the business. He did not have a profession until the age of 37. Born in 1967, only in 2004 he worked as a legal advisor at SC Alcom SRL Buzău, his own company where his wife and brother were shareholders. The bottom line is that this company provided business consulting, even though he had no idea what the field was. Even without activity, Siolaku was noticed by the PSD, and thus ended up in 2004, for a period of two months (November to December) as the county governor. From May 2007 to July 2008, he held the position of Director at SC Urbis Serv SA, the construction company founded and managed by the Buzau City Council. He later progressed, and in 2008-2012 he was deputy mayor of Buzau, and from 2012 he finally exploded into major politics, becoming a deputy in the Romanian Parliament. However, Marcel Ciolaco discovered his passion for politics much earlier, in 1996, at the age of 29, when he was elected local councilor in Buzau City Council. Regarding his studies, the biography does not tell us anything about the high school from which he graduated or the qualification he obtained, but it shows that in 1991 he began courses at the Faculty of Law of the Environmental University of Bucharest (private university), which he claims to have graduated in 1995 However, the form of studies followed (full-time, part-time or distance learning) is not mentioned in the CV. He passed the law degree examination 9 years after graduation, in 2004, and obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2005. But the Ecological University of Bucharest has an interesting history. It was approved only in the summer of 1995 and placed in the last value category (III), and in the following years it was the subject of criminal investigations for the issuance of false certificates. It was difficult to quench Marcel Ciolaco’s thirst for knowledge, so he managed to obtain two master’s degrees, in “Security and Good Governance” from the National Defense College (2008-2009) and in “Public Sector Management” at the National School of Political Affairs and Administrative Studies (2010-2012). ). Soon after becoming a Member of Parliament, Ciolacu was also accepted for a Ph.D. at the National Information Academy.
Virgil Popescu, President of PECO for 4 years
Another key minister in the Ciuca government is Virgil Popescu, Minister of Energy. Given the European situation in the energy sector, the responsibility that falls on this ministry is very large, but for it the field is completely foreign. Virgil Popescu holds a degree in engineering from the Faculty of Automation in Bucharest, a PhD from the University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics, and a master’s degree from the University of Craiova. He also worked as an assistant, lecturer and university lecturer, and for a short period (1997-2001) worked as a manager in Petrom, Beko Mahdini branch. Moreover, this is his only connection with the private environment. He has never had his own business, but declares himself to be one of the greatest adherents of private initiative, according to the liberal creed of which he was an old member. Between August 2013 and October 2013, he served as Vice President of the National Property Restoration Authority. During 2007-2008, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Department of Social Dialogue within the Government. He also held a leadership position in the Ministry of Economy, where he held the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs between November 2013 and February 2014, and in 2016 he was elected as a deputy on the lists of the Public Security Directorate. She completed his studies by obtaining a graduation diploma in 2006 from the National Security and Defense course at the National Defense College, Carroll I University for National Defense. Virgil Popescu also received a similar diploma in 2008 from the Higher College of National Security, Mihai Vitazol National Information Academy.
Florin Spotaro, the only one with high schools
On the PSD side, Florin Spotaro holds the position of Minister of Economy. A somewhat conservative person in terms of public appearance, Florin Spotaro is the only member of the current government who has received serious training in the economic field. He is a Doctor of Economics, a graduate of two colleges, but is also the Director of the Damen Galati and Mangalia Shipyards. He also graduated from London Business School. Florin Spotaro graduated in 1988 from the Industrial High School “Radu Negru” Galati and immediately, in 1989, began courses at the College of Shipping, at the University “Dănărea de Jos” Galati. Later he earned a master’s degree in “Naval Engineering and Architecture”. Between 2009-2012, he studied at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. He was part of the executive management of the Romanian shipyards Galati and Mangalia, and since 2018 he has been the Director of Human Resources (HR) and Corporate Affairs at Damen Mangalia Shipyards.
3 years of private life, Sorin Grindano is enough
Another key figure is Soren Grindano, who is the Minister of Transport. A mathematician by profession, Sorin Grindano fell in love with politics since his youth. Born in 1973, in 1996 he was a member of the PSD, according to his biography, and in 2008 he became the head of the party branch in Timich. In 1997, he graduated from West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Mathematics, Department of Informatics, and later, in 2013, he graduated from the National Academy of Information within SRI which is a “Postgraduate Training and Professional Development Program in the Field of Military Sciences, Information and Public Order”. In connection with his professional activity, not related to the private environment, with a small exception, between January 2005 and March 2008, he was Deputy General Manager of Delpack Invest SRL. Other than that, he has always been active for more than 20 years in public, educational or political institutions.
Prime Minister Ciucă, the perfect lightning rod
I deliberately left the head of government, Nicolae Sioko, behind me. He lacked political experience, had no competences in the financial and economic sphere, and was appointed to this position at the request of the President of Romania, who saw in him the most suitable person who could guarantee him a light term as president. for the state. Even his appointment as head of the PNL was carried out under the pressure of Cotrosini, because Nikolai Syuch did not meet the legal conditions for candidacy and election. The acceptance by Prime Minister Ciucă, from office and Chairman of the National Liberation Party, of the amendments to the Public Finance Act shows us an abandonment of the liberal principles that the party uses whenever it has the opportunity. Let’s not forget that a few years ago, when the PSD tried to over-tax part-time contracts, the National Liberation Party, out of the opposition, jumped like fire and said this measure was an aberration. Now, having come to power, the PNL has fallen into idle state and swallowed up all the economic distractions that served, in the midst of the crisis, for the local business environment as postulated by the Buzoian classics in Ciolacu & Câciu economics.