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July 3, 2022

IPP: Botis kept secret information on EU-funded contracts

Two weeks after former labour minister Ioan Botis tendered his resignation, amid his wife being involved as an adviser in a work project benefiting from European funds, more information ties the former minister to the sensitive issue of EU funds.

The Public Policies Institute (IPP) holds that the former labour minister and Cristina Zevedei, the director of the Management Authority for the Sectorial Operational Programme Human Resources Development (POSDRU) dismissed by PM Emil Boc earlier this week, kept secret information about EU-funded projects. Realitatea.net cited IPP officials as saying that before submitting his resignation, Minister Botis issued an order preventing access to all the information on POSDRU contract financing, including those related to the project “A Chance to Dignity!”, which involved his wife and for which he is investigated for conflict of interests. The Institute calls on PM Boc to cancel Botis’s last order, arguing that it restricts the access of all the persons interested in information on non-reimbursable European funds.

Also, IPP announced it had already notified the European Commission and the embassies in Bucharest of European member states about the abusive practices being committed at the Management Authority, and that it would challenge Botis’s order in court, unless cancelled by the premier.

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