Investigations in public procurement

Investigations in public procurement

1.Monopoly for anti-hail protection, passed from one pocket to another

The acquisition of anti-hail missiles has been, for years, under the monopoly of a state-owned company, the Moldantigrad Action Company. For several years, the anti-hail service has purchased the missiles independently from Russian and Bulgarian firms. Most of the purchases, which amount to millions of lei, are made from a single source. Responses to anti-hail say they have no choice, since rocket launchers have been built in the Soviet era and can not be used for other types of devices. Investing in launchers could diversify the anti-hail missile market to which the Service is calling, but our authorities do not rush to do so.

Full investigation can be read here.

2.Tens of millions from the public budget spent for the SCM 

Starting with 31 December 2013, the Superior Council of Magistracy (SCM) has signed contracts worth almost 33.000.000 MDL, with most of this money being spent on “ensuring working conditions”. The largest of this sum was spent on acquiring two four-story buildings on the Mihai Eminescu 5 address, with a total surface of 571,4m2. The property was bought from the Wine International Project Company funded by Russian citizens, who still own one building on the same address, thus benefitting from publicly financed protection services provided by the Ministry of Interior, which amounted to 408.700 MDL in 2018 alone 

Full investigation can be read here.

3.Why delaying the commissioning of refurbished schools in the World Bank project is delaying

A handful of district schools, which teach pupils from several localities, should have been refurbished for the 2013-2018 period with a $ 40 million credit from the World Bank. At a distance of five years, only a few institutions have undergone repairs, and procurement contracts have been extended a number of times, putting into operation being delayed without anyone being penalized.

Full investigation can be read here.

4.Deleted auction: How was an architectural monument destroyed for repairing millions

A building in the heart of Bucharest, part of the architectural heritage, was damaged after a company started restoring it under a tender worth more than four million lei. The edifice was flooded several times because the roof was dismantled and the construction stagnated for months. Now the ceiling sits down, and the walls are covered with dampness. The economic agent and the City Hall officers accuse each other. Following the scandal, Alexandru Panfilii, head of the Chief Construction Department of Chisinau City Hall, had to quit his post.

Full investigation can be read here.

5.Millions of the Ecological Fund for aqueduct projects that lie on the dead line

Dozens of town halls in the country have only dreamed of modern sewage systems and water supply after winning projects from the National Ecological Fund (FEN). Because the funding is done with chirping, investing in hundreds of projects in parallel, some localities are waiting for years to be connected to the networks. Thus, as the state allocates millions of sums per year, most people in our country still do not have access to quality drinking water and sewage systems.

Full investigation can be read here.

6."Subscribers" to public money (I)

Dozens of district counselors carry out private affairs in addition to state work. A business radiography carried out by the local elected companies has made it clear that with the takeover of the people's elected office, their businesses are thriving. The district counselors' companies appear to be subscribed to the State Gazette. Some win contracts for hundreds of thousands and even millions of lei in contracts with structures subordinated to the institutions in which advisers work. In many cases, contracts are awarded without ensuring the principles of transparency and competition in public procurement, as required by the law. In others, representatives of auction winning companies pay donations to their party leaders or heads of public institutions that have provided financial resources.

Full investigation can be read here

7.How and why do drugs and quality equipment come to hospitals

Ruined surgical instruments, synthetic gauze for operating theaters or low-efficacy drugs. All these are found in hospitals in the Republic of Moldova. Medical institutions procure needless equipment, synthetic gauze or ineffective medications, because they are required by law to accept offers that offer the lowest price. While health officials boast savings, doctors are alert to the alarm and say there are too many medications that do not help the patient overcome the disease.

Full investigation can be read here

 

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