Transports Minister Ramona Manescu in Galati (eastern Romania), on Thursday, said that the privatisation process of CFR Marfa was resumed, but that, this time, the procedure would not be hurried, as there was not any time limit.
'The procedure has been resumed immediately after the conclusion of the first procedure. The Prime Minister announced in a Government meeting the resumption of the procedure and we are currently discussing a calendar. Yesterday, we had a first meeting with the International Monetary Fund [IMF] and with Ministry experts for talks on this calendar. We want this privatisation made in the state's favour and in complete legality. The procedure will take time, there is no time limit. We even discussed this with the IMF and they said that, if the first procedure was a bit hurried, this one should go very well and be a success. Therefore, we shall no longer hurry. This was the message the IMF gave us,' Manescu said.
The Minister pointed out that the first procedure with Grupul Feroviar Roman (GFR) was not a failure, as long as both sides made all efforts and took all measures for this privatisation to be a success.
'I do not believe it is a failure. I want to tell you, with all responsibility, that the Transports Ministry really made all efforts and took all measures for this privatisation to be a success. There were conditions that could not be met, independent from the Ministry's will and GFR's will. Therefore we cannot talk about a failure here, as long as both sides made absolutely all efforts and took all measures. The time was maybe too short, maybe the timing was not very well planned in the beginning, that is why this time we do not want to hurry, we want to do things very well, thoroughly, correctly, in a transparent manner and in the state's, CFR Marfa's benefit,' Manescu said.
Ramona Manescu was in Galati on Thursday, where she participated in the conference 'The Danube — development prospects.' AGERPRES