Romania: State-owned Unifarm director accused of bribery

Romania: State-owned Unifarm director accused of bribery

The director of the state-owned Unifarm company, Adrian Ionel Eugen, is being accused by prosecutors of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) of demanding € 760,000 in bribes for the contract to purchase protective equipment against the COVID-19 virus (250.000 working uniforms and 3 million surgical masks), in the beginning of March.

The Unifarm Director was placed under judicial supervision for 60 days. According to the DNA, the millions of masks received as a first installment by Unifarm were not surgical masks (products included in the medical equipment category), but protective masks that did not meet the standards set out in the contract. In response, Health Minister Nelu Tataru confirmed that if the board of directors of Unifarm does not take a decision on its CEO, it will request his resignation.

For his part, Social Democratic Party (PSD) interim President Marcel Ciolacu said Liberals had changed hospital directors in order to make direct supplies to Unifarm, and that Regional Councils had paid the bills at very high prices. This way, the Liberals organize a “well-defined chain”. Ciolacu also said that starting next week, a committee will be set up in Parliament to analyze these direct supplies. He added that the direction of the committee has not yet been determined. /ibna