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January 18, 2022

Basescu tells constructors EUR 9 bln will be alloted for infrastructure works in H2

President Traian Basescu said on Tuesday evening at a meeting with the representatives of the construction companies, a meeting that took place within the Ministry of Transportations, that he would like for ‘a type of phenomenon’ to be closed, namely that of blocking tenders after they are won, despite the fact that the law gives the right to contest tenders, Mediafax informs. He stated that he would like for these practices to stop because they have blocked many contracts. Basescu nevertheless pointed out that that was not the reason behind his presence at the meeting. The reason was his call for construction companies to pay their debts to the state and the message that the state will in turn pay its debts to those companies in what concerns the restitution of VAT and that it will earmark funds for construction works. The President’s message was that ‘starting in Q3, so that the Government would attain its goal of having approximately EUR 9 bln in investments, but also in order to launch new construction works or to heighten the construction rhythm registered in Q1 and Q2.’

Traian Basescu took advantage of this occasion in order to dismantle the press information about his possible collaboration with Casuneanu while he was at the helm of the Ministry of Transportations. ‘Mr. Casuneanu, did you ever work within the Ministry of Transportations while I was a Minister?’ Basescu asked the ‘king of asphalt,’ Antena 3 informs. During the same meeting, Minister of Transportations Radu Berceanu stated that he has modified the tender criteria so that the price of the offer would have a share of 40 per cent instead of 100 per cent as the current regulations provision, Mediafax informs.

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