Premier Victor Ponta says solutions should be identified to amend the normative act approved by Parliament that abrogated public procurement procedures for state-owned companies and autonomous regies, HotNews.ro informs. ‘I am not convinced that too much discretion allowed to companies in the area of public procurement is a good idea. I would like all of you to determine what we can do from now on. I wouldn’t want us to go back to the system where we didn’t know what the money was being spent for. (…) I am not convinced the solution adopted by the Parliament is the best one’, the PM told the ministers attending the Government meeting yesterday. The autonomous regies and state-owned companies are no longer legally bound to organise public procurement procedures and are therefore free to award contracts without tendering procedures under OUG 34/2006 regulating the award of public procurement contracts. The Parliament made the decision on June 5 and the law was published in the Official Journal of Romania on June 28, after promulgation by President Traian Basescu.