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Gov’t secretly modifies the public-private partnership law



The draft law on the public-private partnership, approved by the government this summer and published in the Official Gazette, reached the Parliament in a different form, without any reference to the modifications on the public agenda of government meetings or on the site of the Grand Infrastructure Projects Department, where the first variant of the project is still posted, digi24.ro informs.
No public-private partnership contract has been concluded so far, which is the likely reason for the government to modify the law. In the form that reached the Parliament, the Executive can modify the private partner in a partnership without initiating any other procedure of auction, offer, or selection. This is the main modification operated in the draft law that was adopted by the government last summer and published by the Official Gazette, without being made public.
The variant that was submitted to the Parliament stipulates that, when the private partner in a contract does not fulfil its contract obligations, the government may replace it without starting a new selection procedure. On the other hand, the draft law posted on the site of the Grand Infrastructure Projects Department stipulates that, if the private partner does not stick to the contract, it can be replaced only through a new selection procedure. This is the variant which Minister Dan Sova sent to the European Commission.

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