Romania PM Emil Boc said on Thursday that the Government could not take into consideration a reduction of taxes for now but that it wanted to maintain the current levels in order to support the business environment. And he warned that the "evolution of the economy starting with 2008 clearly suggests that without reform Romania would reach in the difficult financial situation of Greece in medium term", as Romanian news agency Agerpres reports.

He also said that trade union members using strikes to try and obtain salary raises "were wrong".

Boc said in a speech that the Government was forced by the current economic situation to continue the process of reform while excluding tax reduction.

And he also announced the Government would conceive a Social Code that would fully review the welfare system "to encourage activity and eliminate forms of support for non-work", considering that Romania registers some 12 million people receiving social support in one form or another.