PM Ponta levied a fine on court ruling in Rompetrol Refining case

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Prime minister Victor Ponta got a fine representing 20 percent of the gross minimum wage for every day of delaying to bring into force a court ruling in the case of Rompetrol Refining case, Constanta Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday.

Victor Ponta and Environment minister Gratiela Gavrilescu also have to pay Rompetrol a penalty of RON 100 per day each starting with this day until the fore-closure date.

The ruling comes after Rompetrol Refining asked that Romanian Government and Environment Ministry, but also former minister Attila Korodi, PM Ponta and Gratiela Gavrilescu should be sanctioned for not enforcing a final court ruling on the refinery in 2012.

The judges ruled out the sanctioning request for the Government and the Environment Ministry.

Three years ago, Rompetrol Refining asked in court the amendment of the Government decision 60/2008 regarding the assignment National Plan of greenhouse gases certificated for 2007 and 2008-2012 cycles. Based on this decision, Rompetrol Refining should get 3.4 million certificates. The company asked for the certificates doubling, considering the investments. The court admitted its request in 2012 but the Government has never implemented it.

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