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Despite employing thousands of lawyers, the state paid 80m euros to law firms in three years

Despite employing thousands of lawyers, the state paid 80m euros to law firms in three years

Autor: Iulian Anghel

03.11.2010, 23:57 13

State institutions, central and local, spent 80 million eurosbetween 2008 and 2010 (27 million euros per year) on law firm fees,while at the same time paying thousands of lawyers who work withinstate institutions, reveals a report of the Court of Accounts sentto the speakers of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies at thebeginning of October. The Court of Accounts terms this a waste ofmoney and calls on Parliament to intervene.
The central authorities and the subordinated ones (publiccorporations, companies) paid 75 million euros to external lawyersin the above-mentioned mentioned period, even though they have6,800 lawyers employed, to whom they paid nearly 65 million eurosfor their services. Local institutions paid nearly 66 million eurosto their own lawyers and 14 million euros to external ones.
In all, the state paid 928 million RON (220 million euros) tolawyers - 550 million RON (130 million euros) of which to internallawyers and 337 million RON (80 million euros) to law firms. Thelegislation does not prohibit public entities from hiring lawfirms, but the Court of Accounts warns that the state, despitehaving a thick legal apparatus, pays millions of euros to lawfirms.

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