The winner of the tender for CFR Marfa must sign the sale contract Monday, otherwise a private
manager will be appointed, the premier told the new minister of Transportation, Ramona Manescu.
Premier Victor Ponta said yesterday, during the investing ceremony of the new minister of Transportation, Ramona Manescu, that he is upset with how motorways are built in Romania and this is why he took the power, to show how they must be constructed, Mediafax reports. “To show that we can build Comarnic-Brasov and Pitesti-Craiova and the South ring. If I liked it, Boc and Berceanu and Boagiu would have remained in power,” Ponta stated.
The premier made these statements when journalists asked him if he likes the way motorways are constructed in Romania. “He explained that the EU budget for 2007-2013 will serve to financing and finalising the segments Nadlac -Sibiu and Sebes-Campia Turzii, where an auction was already launched, and together with the minister of Transportation, Ramona Manescu and the minister for Grand Projects, Dan Sova, he will present the respective vision of the government for the budgetary exercise 2014-2020.
In a separate move, Ponta demanded the new minister of Transportation, Ramona Manescu to invite on Monday the winner of the tender for the privatisation of CFR Marfa in order to sign the sale contract, or if he “does not give the money” a private manager will be appointed and the auction will be repeated. In case of a new auction, the time intervals will be longer and more reasonable than those of the first tender, which was held in conditions and with deadlines negotiated with the International Monetary Fund, the minister added.
The government decree on the privatisation of CFR Marfa through the sale of 51 pc of shares to GFR, controlled by businessman Gruia Stoica, was published two week ago by the Official Gazette, with a deadline of 60 calendar days from the moment when the document came into effect, respectively by mid-October. GFR was declared winner, in June, of the privatisation process of CFR Marfa, with a price of EUR 202 M for 51 pc of the shares.
Manescu: Access to financing, good management and integrity are priorities
The minister of Transportation, Ramona Manescu announced yesterday that her priorities in the new office are the access to financing, the good management of the portfolio and the integrity of ministry employees. As for obtaining financing, she said that she is “no stranger” to this sector, as she was involved in the negotiations between the European Parliament, Commission and Council in relation to the directives and problems concerning Romania.
She added that she will go to Brussels next week for talks on the absorption of European funds and also that “good management” is a must, as she will demand “a higher degree of involvement and responsibility” from all the ministry’s professionals. Answering a question, she mentioned that she has not travelled by train since 2002-2003 and by metro since she was a student.