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January 31, 2023

Investors must no longer be used as political weapons

Politicians must no longer use the name of investors as a political weapon in electoral debates, Minister-Delegate for Energy Razvan Nicolescu told a Wednesday’s relevant seminar.
His statement came after he was asked which is the situation with Lukoil, a company accused of tax evasion.
‘I have asked the Parliament, the Government and the President to no longer use investors, whoever they may be, as a political weapon in electoral debates. We must encourage investors,’ the minister said.
Asked whether he had conveyed the same thing also to Prime Minister Victor Ponta, Minister Nicolescu said that his message ‘was directed to the President of the country and not only.’
‘The prime minister has done a good thing inquiring about the jobs at Lukoil,’ added Nicolescu.
The minister gave the example of President Traian Basescu’s intervention in the case of the memorandum signed by the Government and Rompetrol, and, as a result, ‘no one has the courage to implement’ the Government’s Decision issued in this case.
The Prosecutor’s Office with the Ploiesti Court of Appeals has conducted investigation into Petrotel Lukoil Ploiesti for tax evasion and money laundering offenses with an estimated damage of 230 million euros.
Also, the general manager of Petrotel Lukoil, Andrey Bogdanov has been prosecuted for tax evasion and money laundering and the preventive measure of judicial control has instituted in his case.
On October 2, investigators ordered a lien following some searches at Lukoil Ploiesti platform and on October 6 the said Prosecutor’s Office ordered the partial lifting of the lien on the bank accounts of the oil company ‘to allow Petrotel- Lukoil SA Ploiesti to carry on its current activity under conditions of normality with third parties and pay salaries and contributions to the state budget. Lien was extended on the other goods made available by Petrotel-Lukoil SA Ploiesti,’ reads a press release of the said Prosecutor’s Office.

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