28 November 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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SDP acuses Communists of improper privatisation

A handful of top leaders of the ruling Moldovan Communist Party feel free to privatize state property exclusively in their personal interests, not for the good of the enterprises or the Moldovan society, maintain Social Democratic Party Chairman Dumitru Braghis and Centrist Union of Moldova Chairman Vasile Tarlev.
INFOTAG, 23 July 2009, 18:55

Chisinau, July 23 ( INFOTAG ). Tarlev, who headed the Communist Government of Moldova in 2001 through 2008, stated at a news conference on Wednesday that one of the examples of such privatization, "bringing nothing but damage to Moldova", was the sale of multi-storied Hotel National in the heart of Chisinau to Alfa-Engineering company of Estonia for merely US$2.5 million in October 2006.

"The sale agreement stipulated that the foreign owner would invest US$33 million in hotel development, would repair its building, restaurant, casino etc., but nothing has been done until now", said the former Prime Minister.

In his words, another disadvantageous transaction was the sale of the Mezon plant in Chisinau to a Singapore company for US$8.8 million in November 2008. Tarlev said that in the years of his premiership, foreign buyers were offering US$12 million and more for this electronic enterprise of the former USSR military-industrial complex.

Dumitru Braghis, Tarlev's predecessor on the prime ministerial post, called on the Communist authorities to suspend the ruinous privatization process that is absolutely unprofitable for the national economy, and to re-nationalize enterprises presenting state importance - with due observance of their shareholders' rights.

The Agency for Public Property, a Ministry of Economy and Trade structure, has not organized even a single auction to sell state property this year. For comparison: in 2008, the privatization of public property brought over 1 billion lei to the State Budget, though the Government was projecting to receive only 200 million lei (US$19.3).

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