According to a Rise Project investigation quoted by realitatea.net, the name of Communications Minister Dan Nica (PSD) is quoted in the Ericsson Romania scandal after former company manager Thomas Lundin had said he gave the politician substantial sums of money in order to obtain a contract from the Romanian Government in 2003. ‘The unofficial payments disclosed by Lundin were made at the beginning of 2000. At that time, Dan Nica was in the same position he is in now – Minister of Communications – office he had held between 2000 and 2004. In July 2003, the Ericsson corporation obtained from the Romanian Government a USD 40 M contract for ‘112 single national emergency calling system’. The contract with the Swedish holding was sealed without tendering procedures, as the authorities invoked at the time the emergency regime,’ Rise Project states. According to Rise Project, the paragraph on Dan Nica is in the document filed on July 5, 2012, with the Court of Arbitrage of Stockholm in litigation where Ericsson accuses Lundin of USD 7 M embezzlement while running the Swedish group’s Romanian subsidiary. Dan Nica however categorically rejects Lundin’s allegations: ‘While I was minister of communications (…), I only had official and public meetings with Mr. Lundin (…), and he never asked for any favours or preferential treatment for the company of which general manager he was. It would have been anyway pointless! (…) I cannot help thinking that maybe this is a dirty electoral bomb dropped at the best time and without any connection with reality,’ hotnews.ro quotes Nica as saying.