Traian Basescu called on SRI to probe information regarding purchases made for the nuke plant, to find whether there are any riskst.
Social-Democrats called, yesterday, in the voice of the senator Olguta Vasilescu, for the creation of a parliamentary investigative commission in the Senate, to look into the purchase of shock absorbers for the Cernavoda plant. Vasilescu invoked the example of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who called for checks at all nuclear reactors in Germany, arguing that president Basescu’s lack of concern is worrying. “However, Ms. Angela Merkel does not have to protect sponsors of her election campaign, in such matters, as seems to be the case for Traian Basescu,” the PSD senator further stated, quoted by Mediafax.
In turn, the head of state announced, on Wednesday night, in an interview to Realitatea TV, that he had called on the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) to probe information regarding purchases for the Cernavoda nuclear plant, to find out whether there are any risks in operating it. “Of course it is of interest for a national intelligence service to probe, this time informatively, not from the Prosecutor’s Office vantage point, whether purchases which may or may not have been made pose any risks. I will need to get a report. Do you imagine that a nuclear plant in Romania can be outside SRI’s sphere of interest?” Basescu argued.
On the same day, the head of the National Authority for the Regulation and Monitoring of Public Acquisitions (ANRMAP) stated, in a press conference, that the Country’s High Defence Council (CSAT) had called, as early as June 22, 2009, on ANRMAP inspectors to look into Nuclearelectrica’s shock absorbers purchase for the Cernavoda plant, and the inspection, initiated right away and completed a month later, found legal procedures had not been abided by. Thus, according to the June 27, 2009, inspection report, Nuclearelectrica would have had to be fined for violation of several provisions in the laws regulating public acquisition procedures. One of the irregularities found was the fact that Nuclearelectrica used evaluation criteria which “do not reflect economic advantages in the interest” of the state-owned company, thus violating “the principle of using effectively public funds”. The fine which ANRMAP’s inspectors would have had to deal in this case was not dealt, however, as the deed committed by the contracting authority was discovered over one year after being committed, so it was prescribed. The central press referred, recently, to potential irregularities in the acquisition procedure for a series of security systems for the Cernavoda nuclear plant. These irregularities allegedly posed a risk to the running of the plant, according to the journalists covering this subject.