PM Sorin Grindeanu announced they Government would not buy the multirol corvettes that were to be built in Galati. Grindeanu argued that the decision taken by the Ciolos Cabinet for this acquisition was illegal.
“We shall repeal the government decision passed in December, for it was not legal. There has to be a memorandum Okayed by the Parliament. Any investment in this field, which is higher than EUR 100 M, must be approved by the Parliament,” PM Grindeanu told Antena 3.
Ciolos Cabinet passed the decision in the sitting of November 29, 2016 within the “multifunctional corvette” strategic endowment programme. The Ciolos Gov’t practically approved the procedure in the view of delivering by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding BV of four SIGMA class corvettes to be built at Damen Shipyard in Galati. The estimated value of the programme to unfold for 7 years was EUR 1.6 billion, also including ammunition and the initial logistic support, as well as the crew’s training.