The Romanian government has announced that it will adopt a “memorandum” in which companies from countries that do not have a bilateral trade agreement with the EU will no longer receive public infrastructure contracts.
If the memorandum is approved, Chinese firms would be excluded from public contracts related to highway and railroad projects. Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna stated during a press conference on January 1st that the rationale for this decision was to exclude companies that meet EU standards.
Barna, co-leader of USR PLUS, added: “We just want to make sure we don’t have bidders who can’t meet EU standards so that we are forced to lose money, cancel auctions and see further delays in time where Romania urgently needs to start infrastructure work. ”
Another co-chair of USR PLUS, Dacian Cioloș, believes that the memorandum is intended to limit the involvement of non-EU companies, but not target a specific country.
However, Chinese companies would be hardest hit by this change in the law.