DEFENCE

DefMin Tutuianu: I’ll promote bills for fast-track Army endowment procurements

Minister of National Defence Adrian Tutuianu on Saturday told a press conference in Targoviste that this autumn he will promote one or several bills to allow fast-track procurements for the better equipping of the Romanian Army.

The Minister underscored that he envisages everything that refers to equipment from rockets to means of transportation.

“I will promote one or several bills this autumn – depending on particular developments – allowing us to proceed to fast-track procurements to contribute to the better endowment of the Romanian Army. Why by bills? Because we’ll do this in a non-competitive regime, that is not by public auction, to be more precise, we will seek the best price, but we’ll do this by direct acquisitions. As I desire to be highly transparent, I will come up with a bill in Parliament, and Parliament will decide what and if we buy. These are the priority projects I’ve spoken of, starting with the rockets and ending, if you want, with the acquisition of trucks or other means of transportation for the army,” Tutuianu said.

The DefMin also explained that as Romania needs a powerful defence industry, in the interest of national security he will propose the amendment of legislation so that the national defence industry be given priority, yet without running counter to European regulations.

“Together with the Ministry of Economy I will amend legislation so that the national defence industry is given priority, yet without violating the European rules on the transparency of acquisitions. I also discussed the subject with the Competition Council, because I don’t want us to have any infringement procedures triggered on this subject,” Tutuianu said.

The Minister also underscored that in the interest of national security, Romania needs a strong defence industry both state-owned and private, and that “it is desirable that to the greatest extent possible, Army equipping solutions are from the national production, because in the event of a conflict it would be difficult seeking supplies from overseas, like for instance buy ammunition powder from Serbia (…). Therefore Romania should have a powder plant of its own. There was one in place, but it was shut down following poor management decisions made in the past 25 years,” Tutuianu also said.

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