Fresh information surfaces about the corruption case involving Banca Carpatica and the Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF), which led to criminal probes against several officials, including Laura Chitoiu, the wife of Finance Minister Daniel Chitoiu. According to Hotnews, the prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) claim that the government passed an emergency ordinance in order to enact an incompatibility criterion that would remove a vice-president of ASF, following the influence of another leading member of ASF, Marian Mirzac, who thus aimed at protecting the interests of insurance company Carpatica, with Finance Minister Daniel Chitoiu being indicated as a possible initiator of the ordinance. More precisely, prosecutors say that Mirzac wanted the job of vice-president in order to better protect the interests of the insurance company Carpatica and, with this regard, he would also use his relationship with the president of ASF, Dan Radu Rusanu, the godson of the Chitoiu family. Businessman Ilie Carabulea, who controls the Carpatica group, and the former CEO of Carpatica Asig, Marian Mirzac, were taken under remand Wednesday by the Bucharest Tribunal, at the proposal of the DNA prosecutors that probe the Carpatica file. In retort, Premier Victor Ponta yesterday explained that the emergency ordinance by which the government reduced the number of the members of the ASF Board and imposed a series of professional criteria was negotiated and specifically demanded by the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund. “(…) The European Commission and we have proceeded with this regard, for the reduction of the Board members of ASF and the enforcement of very clear conditions of professional competence and avoidance of a conflict of interests with the members of the Parliament. This is an obligation, I do not believe that the people of DNA said something like this, because they should have known that the memorandum is signed not only by the government, it is also signed by the president of the country and is in Parliament for adoption as a draft law,” Ponta mentioned. He added that the delegate minister for Budget, Liviu Voinea will make available, Thursday, the memorandum with the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund which imperatively demands that the Board of ASF has fewer members and they have a specific professional training. “I understand the political statements, but when it comes to international accords I want to be very precise. I do not know who works at the ASF, it reports to the Parliament, not the Government,” Ponta added.