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January 17, 2022

Trade Registry goes to Chambers of Commerce

The Deputies adopted yesterday with 242 votes “for,” 36 votes “against” and 8 abstentions the legislative proposal to shift the Trade Registry Offices from the Ministry of Justice to the Chambers of Commerce, Mediafax reports. PDL representatives stood up against the project, while PSD and PNL backed it. The Chamber of Deputies is decision making authority in connection with this legislative proposal.

The Liberal Cristian David and the Conservative Dan Voiculescu proposed the Deputies to shift the Registry from the Ministry of Justice under the authority of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR), a private institution headed by the father in law of Cristian David, Evenimentul zilei informs. The stake of the transfer is a budget of EUR 48 M (in 2008), annual revenues of EUR 30 M, a data base of over 400,000 commercial companies and a patrimony evaluated last year at over EUR 10 M.

“This initiative had been sustained by PNL already in 2004. At that time I didn’t know Vlasov, I was not his son in law and this does not have any connection with this project. Actually, it represented a point in the ruling programme proposed by D.A. Alliance. I don’t understand why they (PDL – editor’s note) go back on this transfer which is in the benefit of the Trade Registry, and speak about financial interests,” Cristian David commented.

The attempts to switch the Trade Registry under CCIR’s subordination are four years old, from the time when Ovidiu Silaghi, former Liberal minister of SMEs, had an initiative similar to that supported by Cristian David and Dan Voiculescu. But, the justice minister of that time, Monica Macovei, refused to sign the draft law, saying that the transfer of the Trade Registry under the subordination of a private institution means to infringe the provisions of Constitution.

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