SMEs call on President Iohannis not to promulgate the law allowing the local elected to work in the private sector

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The SMEs deny the right of the local elected officials to conduct activities in the private sector, arguing the risk of unfair competition will increase.

“By granting the right, to the mayor and deputy mayors, to have positions in the private sector, the premises for unfair competition between their company and the other ones in the field will be set up,” a release issued by the National Council of the Small and Medium sized Private Enterprises (CNIPMMR), quoted by, informs.

The Council claims it is hard to believe that the authorisation and control services subordinated to the city hall will be unbiased and objective in enforcing the law, when it comes to imposing a sanction to the company where the mayor is employed.

The SMEs also claim that the public services could be used to eliminate the competing companies.

CNIPMMR thus requests President Klaus Iohannis not to promulgate the law and to send it back to Parliament for review.

“CNIPMMR support free initiative, the prevention principles, however all of them should be conducted by mayors and deputy mayors who are not personally involved in the competition with the companies in the private sector,” CNIPMMR President, Florin Jianu, says.

The Chamber of Deputies, the decisional chamber, adopted on Wednesday the draft bill to amend and complete Law no. 161/2003 regarding the decision to ensure transparency in enforcing public dignities, public offices and in the business environment, to prevent and combat corruption.

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