According to a media report, topping the list in terms of the value of deals are lesser known MPs, who nonetheless have received tens of millions of euros from local or central authorities, state companies or public corporations.
A report published by Gandul shows that the latest statements of interests filed by members of parliament show 24 of the 137 Senators have declared businesses of EUR 33.4 M, and 48 Deputies of the overall 334, of EUR 224.8 M. “The proportion of parliamentary businessmen exhibit almost perfect symmetry with the mandate distribution: of the 24 MPs conducting business with the Romanian state, 20 are affiliated with the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL), 15 with the National Liberal Party (PNL), 9 come from among the ranks of the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) and one each from among the Conservative Party, the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR), the independents and the members of the Democrat Forum of Germans in Romania,” Gandul reveals.
Topping the list in terms of the value of deals struck with the state are lesser known MPs, who nonetheless have received tens of millions of euros from local or central authorities, state companies or autonomous public corporations. Among them, Senators Ion Toma (business dealings worth 22.5 M euros) and Florin Constantinescu (EUR 16 M), and deputies Constantin Mazilu (EUR 13.5 M), Florin Anghel (EUR 11.7 M), Horia Teodorescu (EUR 9 M) and Gheorghe Ana (EUR 5 M). With no fewer than 617 state business deals under his belt over the past two years, Democrat-Liberal Senator Petru Basa is a record breaker in his own right, all of the contracts directly entrusted to him,” according to the newspaper.
The newspaper asked a few of the state business champions whether doing business with the state is a profitable undertaking and whether they see such practice as moral. By and large, those questioned played down the issue. “Should I also provide answers for what I had done before I was born?” PDL Senator Petru Basa exclaimed, when asked about the RON 240,310 deal the company owned by the Sighisoara based lawman clinched with the Sighisoara City Hall in August 2008, when Mr. Basa was but a wannabe senator. By means of the company Ghecon Construct SRL, Social-Democrat Deputy Constantin Mazilu concluded in 2009 and 2010 a number of 19 state contracts worth a total EUR 13.5 M. “All the contracts have been the result of tenders: I haven’t run those companies for some years now,” Gandul cited the PSD Deputy as saying.