ANCOM spends 14 million lei on a conference organized at the Parliament Palace

And this, for three months, in the context in which the two Chambers of the Parliament purchased, starting in 2018, audio-video, teleconference and simultaneous translation systems and equipment, for which they paid almost 11 million lei. The purchase made by ANCOM had the institution’s “own rules” as the awarding procedure, no open or restricted tender being organized.

The Conference of Plenipotentiaries of the International Telecommunication Union will take place at the Palace of the Parliament between September 26 and October 14, 2022. And on September 24, 2022, also at the Palace of the Parliament, in Bucharest, the Council of the International Telecommunications Union will take place. Both events are hosted by the National Authority for Communications Administration and Regulation (ANCOM), the autonomous public authority under the control of the Romanian Parliament, with a regulatory and supervisory role in the field of electronic communications and postal services.

Well, for these two events, ANCOM recently contracted audio and video conferencing services, “in order to ensure sound reinforcement, simultaneous translation, editing and distribution of audio signals”, according to an award notice published at the end of last week. on the SEAP portal (Electronic System of Public Procurement).

Own procurement rules

It is about services for the organization of exhibitions, fairs and conferences, radio, television, communications, telecommunications and related items, respectively services for the installation of television, audio and video equipment, for the purchase of which ANCOM – the contracting authority – does not organized no open or restricted tender, no selection of tenders by simplified procedure or any competitive procedure, but used “Own Rules”.

The total estimated budget for this purchase was 12 million lei without VAT, an amount which, although it seems important, only aroused the interest of one entity. It is about the association between the companies SC Backstage Production Group International SRL and SC 360 Revolution SRL, with which ANCOM concluded, on August 12, 2022, contract no. SC-DAC-22134/2022, in the final amount of 11,800,711.12 lei without VAT, respectively of 14,042,846.2 lei with VAT included (2,865,887 euros). The contract has a duration of three months.

The Parliament invested almost 11 million lei in such equipment

ANCOM spends, therefore, almost three million euros for sound reinforcement and simultaneous translation services for some events held at the Palace of the Parliament, given that, in the last four years, the two Chambers of the Parliament (institution under the coordination of which ANCOM operates) have invested 11 million lei including VAT in equipment and similar technique.

For example, on May 10, 2021, the Chamber of Deputies invested 803,754.53 lei without VAT for an integrated conference system, electronic voting, sound system, simultaneous translation, audio, video and data communications. So that, on June 23, 2022, he concludes a similar contract, worth 922,010.08 lei without VAT.

Then, on July 27, 2022, the Chamber of Deputies also contracted the purchase of 46 chairs for translators, for which it paid 239,980 lei without VAT. On August 1, 2022, the Chamber of Deputies bought an audio system column set, paying 670,000 lei for it. Furthermore, the same institution contracted, on August 4, 2022, a “Filming” lighting system, to ensure logistical support for extra-parliamentary activities such as mediating press conferences, for which it paid 167,945 lei without VAT. And on August 12, 2022, he bought 22 projectors and projection screens, worth 201,366 lei without VAT.

Who owns the companies that will perform for the ANCOM event

And the Senate of Romania bought, on May 10, 2022, ten sound systems, for which it paid 375,545.45 lei without VAT. And on August 26, i.e. last Friday, the Upper Chamber of the Romanian Parliament purchased a conference and sound system for the “Dimitrie Cantemir” Hall, in the Palace of the Parliament, for which it paid the sum of 467,250 lei without VAT. Last but not least, it should be mentioned that, on October 5, 2018, the Romanian Senate was equipped with conference, public address and simultaneous translation systems, worth 924,137.8 lei without VAT.

Some of this equipment could also have been used by ANCOM, as well as by other public authorities that organize media activities within the Palace of Parliament. But ANCOM decided to pay, for three months, three million lei more than the two Chambers paid in four years for such services.

Returning to the business contracted by ANCOM, it is interesting to know who will work with this contract. According to the Trade Register, SC Backstage Production Group International SRL is controlled, as sole partner, by Andrei Marian Popea.

The second company, SC 360 Revolution SRL, is owned by Daniel Iulian Budulus, Ioan Silviu Gheirghiu and Ioan Adrian Pochiscan. Budulus is the husband of Cătălina Maria Budulus, head of service at the Capital City Hall. From the latter’s wealth declaration, it follows that Daniel Iulian Budulus made, in the last fiscal year, dividends in the amount of 638,784.56 lei from SC 360 Revolution SRL

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