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February 29, 2020

Gov’t notifies criminal prosecution bodies of irregularities with Sports Facility Program

The Government has notified criminal prosecution bodies about funding irregularities in several localities and the illegal awarding of Infrastructure Development contracts between 2006 and 2012, as well as irregularities concerning a number of rural sports facilities.
These conclusions were the result of sample check-ups carried out by the Control Body on local administrations in Petrila town and Ilia village (Hunedoara County), Stefan cel Mare village (Calarasi County), Aghiresu and Mihai Viteazu villages (Cluj County), Corbii Mari and Rascaieti villages (Dambovita County), Roata de Jos village (Giurgiu County), Turt village (Satu Mare County), Snagov village (Ilfov County), and Teisani village (Prahova County).
Inspectors have consequently identified the following discrepancies: forged documents were found in local administration books in Teisani village, which were used to justify funds received for a drinking water network; the Petrila town hall was granted RON 1.49 million more than the amount stipulated in the funding request for a waste water canal; the town hall in Rascaieti illegally awarded a RON 1.5 million contract for bridge construction; and contractual provisions for subcontracted work were broken by the local administration in Mihai Viteazu.
Furthermore, according to the Control Body, construction work was illegally authorized, receipt documents were forged, budget funds were misappropriated, payments were made for work that was never carried out, and public funds were inefficiently spent in view of investment objectives that were never set in motion.
Inspectors have also drawn the following conclusions concerning Roata de Jos village: an offer containing excessive amounts and unrequested equipment for a sports facility was declared bid winner; although only one pair of handball goal posts was requested three pairs were offered; likewise, even though the request was for one pair of goal post nets three pairs were offered; and 48 locker room desks and an additional unrequested cabinet were offered despite a request for merely four desks.
The check-ups were conducted after last week the Gov’t announced multiple former mayors – predominantly members of PDL – were found guilty of infractions related to contracts financed through the Environment Fund.
PSD leader Prime Minister Victor Ponta called attention to the fact that Elena Udrea was in charge of fund allotment at the time, in her capacity as interim Minister of Environment. In turn, Udrea clarified that none of the irregularities found in the Environment Fund notification had been committed between November and December 2009, the duration of her interim as head of the Ministry of Environment. She also pointed out that the Infrastructure Development Program and the program for the development of rural sports facilities were not coordinated by the Ministry of Development, but by the Prime Minister.

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