Prime Minister Victor Ponta's Personal Adviser on macro-economic issues Cristian Socol told Agerpres that the Government this year, compared with other years, managed to reduce squander in expenses on goods and services.
'In the Governance Programme 2013 — 2016, we promised to reduce the expenses on goods and services. In a rigorous manner, the formulation in the programme is 'to rationalise and to increase the quality of public spending.' Thus, the assessment for the first 8 months of 2013, compared with the similar interval until 2009, reveals that the Government has managed to reduce squander in expenses on goods and services. Taking a look at the real percentage modification index of the expenses on goods and services, without the expenses earmarked for health, we notice that, after a decline in 2009 and 2010, we find a plus of 3.81 percent in 2011 from 2010, plus 3.04 percent in 2012 from 2011 and plus 0.09 percent in 2013 from 2012. Practically, the expenses on goods and services in 2013, except for those in health, stagnated in the first 8 months of this year. If we also took into account the arrear payment, they actually went down,' Socol said.
He added that the Government would continue the effort to reduce squander in terms of public investment projects, too, a benefit which would reflect in the increase of the multiplication effect.
'We defined, with the help of the World Bank, the priority criteria for public investment projects. In this respect, we shall stop the waste in the 45,000 public investment projects, we shall adopt a list with significant projects, prioritised according to these criteria, which would help the draw up of the budget for 2014 and the EU Financial Framework 2014 — 2020. Moreover, starting with 2014 we shall not approve any new consistent public investment project, funded by the central administration, without the previous verification of the Public Investments Evaluation Unit. All these measures congregate to the increase in the multiplication effect of public investments. In the period 2008-2011, for one leu invested from public funds 0.5 lei returned to the economy, therefore it was an actual squander,' the Prime Minister's Personal Adviser said. AGERPRES