Maia Sandu: Administration of CFM consciously led enterprise to bankruptcy

The administration of “Moldova’s Railways” (CFM) intentionally led the state-owned enterprise to bankruptcy by corruption schemes, rigged procurement procedures, large-scale defrauding and appropriation actions. Corruption and the defective management of the enterprise are simultaneously the cause for the nonpayment of salaries to employees, President Maia Sandu stated in the meeting of the Supreme Security Council on April 27, IPN reports, quoting a press release of the presidential pores service.

“It is an urgent and important subject that affects thousands of people and the country’s economy,” said President Sandu, explaining the necessity of addressing this problem as a priority. According to the official, the information presented in yesterday’s meeting of the SSC shows that the situation is serious. “While a group of thieves have been robbing the CFM enterprise for years, almost 7,000 people haven’t been paid salaries for over four months. While the people do not have what to maintain their families with, the started cases remain suspended, while someone’s pockets are filled with ill-gotten gains on account of the citizens,” stated Maia Sandu.

To remedy the situation at the CFM, the members of the Supreme Security Council agreed several steps that need to be taken urgently. This way, the Public Property Agency within ten days is to present an operational plan for improving the situation at the enterprise to the Council. This plan must stipulate debt rescheduling measures and actions to prioritize the payment of salaries.

The Government will have to urgently identify financial resources for paying salaries to employees and to suspend the work contracts with the administration of the CFM, in particular with the acting director of the CFM Adrian Onceanu, given the poor performance and defective management witnessed in the recent past.

The Public Property Agency will hold a transparent and fair contest to choose a new director general of the CFM, while the National Anticorruption Centre will take the measures needed to investigate the activity of the former and current administration of the enterprise from the angle of corruption. The Prosecutor General’s Office will accelerate the investigation of the cases started over these frauds, while the CFM will immediately implement the recommendations of the Audit Office formulated in its decision of December 17, 2020.

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