Premier: It’s a document that reflects the position of every institution. I did not write every chapter myself!
The government has informed the European Commission that the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), the High Court of Justice (ICCJ) and the other courts have registered significant results, the DNA prosecutions’ rate of confirmation through final court rulings surpassing 90 per cent in the last seven years, and the National Integrity Agency (ANI) had notable results in the last five years. The government’s assessment of the DNA, ICCJ and ANI was included in the National Reform Program, in the chapter concerning the progress registered in combating corruption. The government’s National Reform Program 2014-2017 is dated April 2014.
The document, quoted by Mediafax, completes the Convergence Program forwarded to the European Commission (EC). “Referring to the fight against corruption, the DNA (at prosecution level), the ICCJ and the other courts (at court trial level) registered significant results. In the last seven years the rate of confirmation for DNA prosecutions through final court rulings reached 90.25 per cent,” the document reads. According to the document, “496 defendants were sentenced through final court rulings, almost half of them holding political offices, including a prime minister, a minister, eight MPs, a secretary of state, 26 mayors, deputy mayors and prefects, 50 directors of state-owned companies and public institutions, 60 civil servants from control authorities.”
The government praises in Brussels the activity of ANI too, pointing out that the institution has registered notable results in the last five years, the confirmation rate of its decisions concerning incompatibilities and administrative decisions in conflict of interest cases surpassing 80 percent, and that as a result of ANI’s decisions illicit personal wealth worth over EUR 1 M was confiscated.
Asked by the press to explain the praises that the government sent to Brussels in what concerns the activity of the DNA and ANI, considering that many PSD members had problems with the two institutions, PSD President and Premier Victor Ponta stated that the document sent to Brussels was drafted by all institutions and reflects the position of every institution, adding that he did not write every chapter himself. “It’s a document drafted by all state institutions and reflects the position of every institution, it’s an integrating document. I hope you don’t imagine I personally wrote every chapter in that document,” the Premier stated.
In the past year several PSD local leaders were investigated by the DNA for corruption, some of them were also imprisoned. They include former Mehedinti County Council Chairman Adrian Duicu, Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare and the Constanta County Council Chairman, Prahova County Chairman Mircea Cosma and PSD Prahova MP Vlad Cosma, Arges County Council Chairman Constantin Nicolescu.
In what concerns ANI’s activity, at the initiative of PSD MPs Gabriela Vranceanu Firea and Darius Valcov, the Parliament modified the public administration law in early March, so that the mayors and county council chairmen would escape certain situations of incompatibility. According to that law, already published in the Official Gazette, mayors and county council chairmen can delegate their prerogatives to a high number of employees. Basically through the new law mayors can evade possible DNA investigations, juridical sources consulted by Hotnews.ro stated, because anticorruption prosecutors do not have the legal prerogative to investigate simple civil servants, local prosecutor’s offices having that prerogative instead.