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One third of customs workers may be laid off

Approximately one third of customs staff are to be laid off, so that, only 3,159 will be left, of the 4,586 employees reported at present, according to a bill for a Government Resolution to modify the National Customs Authority (ANV) law, quoted by Mediafax. ANV is coordinated by one of the deputy presidents of the National Tax Administration Agency (ANAF). Dozens of customs inspectors and border police officers from the Timis, Suceava and Vaslui checkpoints were arrested in February, following the anti-corruption investigators’ wide-scale action to counteract cross-border smuggling, but a large number of them have already been released by the courts. In response, the “Pro Lex” union leader, Vasile Lincu, argues that these staff cuts are not a beneficent decision for the tax system in Romania, especially given that employees with control prerogatives in the duties and import duties sector account for a mere 6 pc of total staff.

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