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March 23, 2023

Gandul: Police facing bankruptcy over expensive cars

The Romanian police is pressed by a Giurgiu company, Ager Leasing, to pay RON 420 M (about EUR 100 M) for the 3,000 cars it purchased last year, including the “now famous Dacia Logans worth EUR 70,000 a piece”, daily ‘Gandul’ wrote in its yesterday issue. The leadership of the police is trying to stall and insists that it has no funds at the moment because of the financial crisis. The police are also trying to renegotiate the amount, but the leasing company is not willing to give in and will not accept less than the amount agreed on under its contract with the police, according to the same source.

Besides obtaining a price cut, the police are also trying to renegotiate the contract so as to purchase fewer vehicles than initially established.

The contracts signed by the Romanian police and Ager Leasing refer to the acquisition of 2,923 special cars. The Police Inspectorate was set to receive 392 Dacia Logans worth EUR 70,958 a piece and 449 Logans worth EUR 52,423 each for the Traffic Police, but also several BMW 330 XD vehicles, Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Transporter, Mitsubishi, Opel Vectra, Mercedes Vito, Nissan Pathfinder, Opel Astra, Skoda Octavia and four Scania 310 buses.

The prices for these vehicles are a lot higher than normal prices, a fact that was heavily criticised by the media. The explanation given by the authorities is that the cars are provided with specific police equipment, according to ‘Gandul’. The newspaper also notes that the Interior Ministry’s Control Body ran an investigation into the acquisitions last year. The file was sent to the National Anticorruption Department but no further inquiries have been conducted since, the paper added.

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