Millionaires in Government: Spinu Got the Highest Income

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Some ministers refused their fabulous incomes and joined the government where their profits are far more modest. For almost five months last year, the head of the government, Natalia Gavrilita, received a salary of 82,380 lei. This amounts to about 16 500 lei per month. In addition, the premier received an allowance of over 60 thousand lei from the state. The amount includes, among others, per diems and travel expenses. A salary of 4,120 lei from the parliament was added to this income, reports. Last year Natalia Gavrilita was paid £4123 by the Global Innovation Fund, while she also received almost 181,000 lei from the Konrad Adenauer Representation Fund in Moldova. Thus, the head of the Cabinet of Ministers made a total of about 450,000 lei last year. This is roughly three times less than her subordinate, the Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development, earned. In fact, Andrei Spinu was the minister with the highest income last year. According to his income declaration, Spinu received a salary of over 96,000 lei as a minister. This amount also includes travel and per diem allowances. More than 4000 lei was transferred to him from the Parliament and he received about 120 thousand lei from the presidential administration. Revenues from the state were supplemented by dividends from the company where Spinu is a shareholder, which amounted to almost 70 thousand euros. In his declaration of assets, the minister of infrastructure also indicated 9 bank accounts, with about 66 thousand lei. In total, Andrei Spinu received about 1 620 000 lei. The minister of labour and social protection ranked among the top ministers with the highest income last year. His income declaration shows that Marcel Spatar earned about 1 million 140 thousand lei. Most of the money was from salaries paid by a consulting company, as well as from dividends in a company in which he is a shareholder. Spatar also said that he has four bank accounts in which he keeps about half a million lei. The foreign minister’s accounts were also replenished with about a million lei. Nicu Popescu came from the European External Action Council, where in six months, i.e. in the period from January to June, he received more than 32 thousand euros. That’s about 5,000 euros a month. While at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has earned over 89,000 lei in five months, much less than in his previous job. At the same time, Popescu indicated that he had also received a per diem from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and income from his work at a university in Paris. He received more than £6,700 from renting out his flat. Popescu said he had six bank accounts with €62,000, four accounts worth more than £33,000 and one account with almost $16,000. Most of them are in banks abroad. Iurie Turcanu, deputy prime minister for digitalization, got slightly less, but still close to a million lei. Thus, more than 75 thousand lei was deposited in his accounts as the minister’s salary. On the other hand, Ţurcanu added to his fund through consultancy services provided to the Agency for Electronic Government, from which he received almost 715 thousand lei, another 142 thousand lei came from a consultancy company and his teaching activity at the Technical University brought him another 20 thousand lei. In total, the sum amounts to 950,000 thousand lei. Iurie Turcanu stated that he had four bank accounts totaling over 430 thousand lei. Other ministers declared an average income of several hundred thousand lei last year. On August 6, Natalia Gavrilita’s government marked one year since it assumed office. Point