Finance Minister Daniel Chitoiu said Wednesday on RTV that tax evasion remained at the same level as in 2012 and has not increased in real terms, although the target set at the beginning of his mandate was to significantly curb this phenomenon, but the Anti-Fraud Department will become operational on November 1. The minister added that the Financial Guard proved its lack of efficiency during recent years, so another mechanism – the Department against Fiscal Fraud – has been set up. The institution will hire 2,000 people, Mediafax reports. “If we refer to the incomes collected in 2013, vs. 2012, we have a collection rate of 105.6 pc, so in real terms as much as in 2012. We do not have an increase of tax evasion, but we do not have a reduction either. (…) Inflation aside, the collection level in 2013 is at the level of 2012. In 2013 tax evasion has not advanced compared to 2012,” Chitoiu explained. He added that the budget for 2014 will provide bigger sums for education and the medical sector, compared to 2013, while another priority will be represented by investments. “Had we given each minister, each main credit taker as much as he demands, we should have a budgetary mass not of 32-33 pc, we should have 60 pc as share of the GDP in collected incomes. Investment objectives financed from European funds, given that all operational programmes were unblocked and the absorption rate intensified during this second half of 2013 – and we want for 2014 a much higher rate than in 2013 – and in completion on national projects aimed at developing investments we should grant money, with priority, from the state budget,” Chitoiu mentioned.