8 December 2021

Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

Parties-Phantoms, Parties - State Institutions, Parties - State Enterprises


20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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Parliament de-monopolizes scrap metal exports

All economic agents holding licenses on removal and sale of scrap metal will soon have the possibility to export it. The provision is established in the law approved in 1st reading by the Parliament on Tuesday.
INFOTAG, 6 July 2011, 12:11

At the Parliamentary meeting, one of the bill authors - Liberal Mihai Ghimpu - said that existent laws impede loyal competition and discriminate against economic agents".

"They patronize the state enterprise Metalferos, and the rest of 70 companies that work based on licenses have no conditions to rival it", Ghimpu said.

Democrat MPs who voted for the law in 1st reading said they are concerned about consequences that may be produced by the sector liberalization.

"We understand that liberalization is favorable for the market development, but there are fields that must be controlled by the state. I regret that authors of the legislative initiative did not study reasons that led to the control consolidation in the sector in 2002. Both the United States and the European Union carried out researches in 1990s that showed that Moldova is not able to control exports. Our exporters dumping infringed upon international market. Besides, do you remember cases of stealing of sewer manholes, crosses from cemeteries, cables? I am afraid that we may come back to that time", MP of the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM) Adrian Candu said.

According to him, Metalferos is profitable for the state, as it brought 20 million lei to the Budget only in the 1st quarter of 2011.

"Over last 3 years, the enterprise turnover reached 350 million lei. Last year, it brought 80 million lei to the state. People who insist on the metal exports market de-monopolization did not adduce analysis of how negatively will the new legislation influence budgetary incomes. Besides, they propose that also individuals trade in metals, but where from one will take the scrap or will it be taxable?" the MP said.

The DPM applied to the Government to present a report on reform influence at the 2nd reading, as well as to indicate how the state will impose taxes on individuals trading in metals.

The Chair of the parliamentary Standing Committee for Economic Policy, Budget and Finance, Veaceslav Ionita, said the Democrat demand's goal is to delay the law approval in the 2nd reading.

"Relations of business entities and individuals, as well as taxation methods are established by a number of laws. The Democrats are looking for reasons to not vote for the law", Ionita said.

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