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June 24, 2021

Ex-Presidents of Health Insurance Fund, probed by DNA

Vasile Ciurchea and Dr. Irinel Popescu, former presidents of the National Health Insurance Fund (CNAS), as well as several former and current CNAS directors, are being criminally probed by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) for malfeasance in office, in a case in which SC HP Romania SRL is accused of illegally receiving EUR 16.8 M.

After Vasile Ciurchea showed up at the DNA on Monday in order to be notified of the charges brought against him, on Tuesday it was Irinel Popescu’s turn. The latter pointed out that he considers himself innocent “but bearing in mind that this is an ongoing investigation I cannot make any other statements for the time being.”

According to prosecutors, from 2007 to 2009, CNAS and HP Romania SRL concluded several addenda to a contract for the digitalisation of the institution. Based on that contract, supplementary technical assistance and on-site training services for the Integrated Single IT System (SIUI) and the resource planning software were procured at inflated prices. The services were procured at prices of EUR 804 per man per day in the case of two addenda, and of RON 760 per man per day in the case of one addenda.

According to the DNA communiqué, the addenda were closed without a legal procurement procedure being implemented, without CNAS carrying out an analysis of the price offer or a real negotiation, and without the supplier explaining the tariffs.

“These services were outsourced down to the direct providers, at ever decreasing prices, so that for the services actually offered the providers collected at most EUR 200 per man per day,” the DNA prosecutors show.

They point out that the damage totals EUR 16,847,405.96.

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