The chief of the House: Presidency is a “mafia-like organisation”.
The leadership of the National House of Health Insurances (CNAS) considers the nomination of Lucian Duta in the Administration Board (CA) of the institution “a blunder” of the Presidential Administration, “specific to mafia-like organisations” and threatens that, until the withdrawal of “this scandalous nomination, which is also dubious” no meeting of the CNAS Board will be held. The leadership of the House writes in a press release that Duta had enough time to “speed up” the activity of the CNAS during his mandate. Shortly after the aforementioned communiqué was issued, Doru Badescu returned to his statement and said that he did not take the liberty of saying “such a thing” about the Presidency. Asked why he opposes the nomination of Duta in the Board, Badescu answered: “There certainly were many other specialists in Romania who could contribute to the good activity of the institution.” On the other hand, Duta believes that the reactions of the CNAS leadership to his nomination show that someone probably fears his vote and the fact that he might identify why the House did not finalise the project of the national health card. “It is one vote in seven almost with no power at all. Why do they fear one vote?” Duta asked yesterday, quoted by Mediafax. Health minister Eugen Nicolaescu said on Romania TV that CNAS overreacted to the nomination of Duta and had an inappropriate reaction for a public institution.
In his turn, PM Victor Ponta commented the nomination of Duta in the CNAS Board by saying that the return of Lucian Duta, a person targeted by a criminal probe over his activity at CNAS, who was appointed by President Traian Basescu, represents a situation that might hamper the operation of the institution. The premier also mentioned that he demands rapid solutions from CNAS, while adding that the institution has used an inappropriate language.