Romania a fost atentionata de Comisia Europeana in privinta reglementarilor UE referitoare la transparenta achizitiilor militare. Costul unor achizitii non-transparente este potential mult mai mare pentru platitorul de taxe si impozite, deoarece exista mereu tentatia unor costuri si comisioane ascunse. Din declaratiile fostului Ministru al Apararii, Corneliu Dobritoiu, rezulta ca doar achizitia celor 12 avioane F-16 in uz portugheze se ridica la aproape 700 milioane euro. In 2010, guvernul suedez a facut o oferta foarte avantajoasa Romaniei, de achizitionare a 24 de avioane multirol NOI, Saab Gripen, la un pret egal - de un miliard euro - cat cel pentru 24 de avioane F-16 americane vechi. In plus, suedezii ofereau si offset - investitii in sectoarele strategice ale economiei Romaniei, crearea de mii de locuri noi de munca si pastrarea celor din sectorul de aparare - precum si un plan foarte avantajos de finantare, garantat de guvernul Suediei, prin care platile s-ar fi facut esalonat, pe termen lung si cu o perioada de gratie fata plati - in functie de evolutia PIB-ului Romaniei. O oferta de nerefuzat - care a fost insa ignorata - deoarece implica organizarea unei licitatii transparente, pentru achizitia de avioane multirol - in avantajul Fortelor Aeriene ale Romaniei, si care ar fi barat calea unor comisioane si costuri ascunse. Cui prod est? Cine oare are de castigat din asta?
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April 23, 2013
Romanian Defence Minister Mircea Dusa reignited a fight with the EU over defence procurement when he announced that Bucharest intends to go ahead with a plan to buy a 12-strong squadron of F-16 multi-role fighters from Portugal.
Romania has been at loggerheads with the EU for several years over its intention to buy the second-hand US jets made by made by Lockheed Martin to replace its aging Soviet-built MIG-21 Lancers rather than hold a transparent tender in which other manufacturers like Saab Gripen would compete. bne revealed in September that the European Commission had sent letters to the governments of Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic to highlight EU laws concerning procurement, after it became concerned about possible moves by those member states to conclude major defence deals to buy supersonic fighter jets without holding an open tender.
Following a meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Jose Pedro Aguiar-Branco on April 22, Dusa was quoted byXinhua as saying: “By the end of May, we will probably finalize documents with the Portuguese party and subsequently, until September, with the American party, so that we resume the multi-role aircraft equipping program at the scale of a squadron, ie. 12 planes.”
Dusa’s predecessor Corneliu Dobritoiu announced last autumn that Romania would pay around €670m over five years for the fighters. Romania and Portugal have a deadline of June to complete negotiations, Dusa said, adding that the package includes everything necessary for the operation of the planes: the training of the pilots, maintenance, and upgrading.
According to the newspaper’s sources, the fighters are among 25 F-16s delivered to Portugal in 1999 under the Peace Atlantis II Program. Prior to that, they had been used by the US Air Force since 1984. The aircraft are in “very good” condition, according to Romanian expert teams.
The latest move continues a three-year battle by Romania to try to avoid clear EU procurements, raising suspicions of corruption in a country that is riddled with it. The brouhaha began in March 2010 when the Romanian president’s office announced that after a meeting of the Supreme Defence Council – an unelected advisory board that has no executive powers but is very influential by dint of its appointment by the president – it had been decided to send a proposal to parliament to acquire 24 used F-16 fighters from the US Air Force. President Traian Basescu in subsequent interviews said it was purely an economic decision, yet that didn’t stand up to much scrutiny. Saab Gripen quickly released its proposal, showing it would offer 24 brand new multi-role jets, for the same price of around €1bn.
Saab Gripen was joined at the time by Eurofighter in stressing the need for a transparent tender under EU rules. Following heated debates in the Romanian parliament and the media, the decision was shelved a few months later, with the president citing a lack of funds. However, over the subsequent years several Romanian officials indicated that the plan to buy the F-16s was still alive.
Sursa: Busnisess News Europe