The Ministry of Public Finance (MFP) proposes that 2,140 emplo- yees of the National Customs Au- thority (ANV) and the Financial Guard (GF) be laid off, Mediafax reports. The Customs system will be the most sorely affected by the cuts, as 1,427 of Customs workers may be laid off. According to a bill for a government resolution, ANV staff is to be reduced from a maxi- mum 4,586 to 3,159 employees, which would represent a 31 pc-cut. At the same time, the Financial Guard jobs will be reduced to 1,092, from 1,805 at present, which would be the equivalent of a nearly 40 pc-cut. According to the bill for the restructuring of ANV, the Executive Directors and the Deputy Executive Directors of the regional and Bucharest offices for duty and customs operations will no longer be appointed with the approval of the Finance Minister. They will be appointed, instead, by order of the president of the National Tax Administration Agency (ANAF), at the proposal of the deputy president of the afore- mentioned institution, under whose authority the Customs operate. At the same time, the for- mal approval of the ANAF presi- dent will be needed only for the appointment of the heads of the customs offices, while other execu- tives can be appointed, without additional stamps of approval, by the deputy president of ANAF.
The management will have to ensure ANV and the Financial Guard abide by the new staff lim- its and the new organizational within 45 days since the date the two government resolutions come into force.