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October 5, 2022

CSAT recommends the Gov’t to analyse implications of privatising CFR Marfa

The Secretariat of the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) recommended the Ministry of Transport to analyse, jointly with the Competition Council, the implications of privatising CFR Marfa, as this might pose risks to the national security, government sources unveiled, quoted by Mediafax. Sources with the Competition Council said the institution is analysing the privatisation of state-run railway freight carrier CFR Marfa only with regard to the implications for the regime of state aids. On the other hand, the Ministry of Transport sought CSAT’s opinion on the draft Government Decrees that define the strategy to be used in the privatisation operations of CFR Marfa and national airline Tarom. The Ministry was answered that the Council is in no position to have an opinion about the privatisation of Tarom, because the process is not related to national defense and security. Transport Minister Anca Boagiu said with this regard that the restructuring of air companies will be accompanied by a state aid programme aimed at their recovery, given the fact that they cumulate debts equivalent to 1.5 pc of the GDP. Under the acting legislation, seeking CSAT’s opinion for draft regulation is an exceptional procedure that can be initiated by the prime minister.

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