Senators don’t want cheap cars for public institutions

A draft law initiated by three PSD legislators, which would have forced public institutions to purchase only low-cost cars manufactured in Romania, was rejected yesterday by the Senate’s Committee for Budget, Finance, Banking and Capital Market. The authors of the draft law – Senator Alexandru Mazare and Deputies Nicolae Banicioiu and Eduard Stelian Martin – explain in the foreword that “the austerity measures must affect both citizens and dignitaries,” so they proposed that the Executive, its authorities, agencies and prefectures only purchase cars worth a maximum RON 40,000, with a maximum cylinder capacity of 1,600 cubic cm, while the other public institutions should be allowed to buy vehicles within the price limit of RON 75,000 each. The Committee supported the Government’s opinion that the draft law has non-constitutional elements and even infringes the European Commission’s Directive which prohibits the positive discrimination of local manufacturers and the principles of administrative decentralisation.

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