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The Prime Minister’s Control Body has notified the criminal prosecution authorities of possible criminal offenses following controls conducted at nine authorities of the local administration having benefited from funds from the state budget to implement the ‘Skiing in Romania’ programme.
According to a note released by the Government’s Press Office, quoted by Agerpres, the checks were carried out at the National Tourism Authority (ANT) and the authorities of the public local administration having benefited by funds for the ‘Skiing in Romania’ programme, for a sample made up of the following administrative-territorial units: Maramures County Council, Cluj County Council, Vulcan Local Council, Petrosani Local Council, Cavnic Local Council, Borsa Local Council, Predeal Local Council, Borsec Local Council and Azuga Local Council. According to information provided by ANT to the Control Body, ‘the aforementioned public local authorities have spent 143,471.000 lei from the state budget (92 percent) and 12,317,000 lei from local budgets (8 percent) between 2009 and 2013 to implement the Skiing in Romania programme’, considering that ‘the eligibility criteria for the programme and projects of the objectives of investments in tourism were approved by Government Ordinance No. 320/2011, published in the Official Journal on 08.04.2011.’
‘Until the abovementioned date, there was no legal basis regulating the eligibility of the projects funded from the state budget or the value of the co-funding provided by the public local authorities,’ the release says. At the same time, the PM’s Control Body noted that ‘The Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism respectively, as authority of the public central administration having coordinated nationwide the implementation of the Skiing in Romania programme, did not draw up thorough provisions as regards the transfer of public funds towards the public local authorities.