Teodorovici on move to recover money that President Iohannis collected as rent: It’s not revenge, it’s an obligation to enforce the law

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The Romanian state must collect the money unfairly earned by President Klaus Iohannis in the case of the building located in downtown Sibiu, and this move is not revenge but an obligation to enforce the law, the Finance Minister announced on Wednesday, saying that he has asked the Romanian Tax Authority (ANAF) to demand that the said building be introduced in the real estate register.

Last week, PSD President Liviu Dragnea asked ANAF President Ionut Misa and the Finance Minister whether “they intend to recover the hundreds of thousands of euro from President Iohannis.”

The next day, Teodorovici said that President Iohannis should pay the state more than RON 1.2 million, representing the money collected as rent paid for the building located on 29 Nicolae Balcescu Street, Sibiu, even though the state is not yet owner of the said building.

On Wednesday, the minister emphasised that this move is not revenge, and asked the Tax Authority to introduce the building in the real estate register.

“It’s not revanche, revenge, it’s an obligation to enforce the law. (…) Why ANAF, in past years, did not take the steps to recover the money is another analysis and we will see. I’ve asked ANAF to demand the introduction of the said building in the real estate register, after which other steps will follow,” Teodorovici stated for Antena3.

He said that the period concerned is 2001-2015, when President Iohannis allegedly unfairly collected rent for the building he lost in court. The total sum of RON 2.6 million, representing rent collected by the Iohannis family and another owner, should be recovered by the Romanian state, according to Teodorovici.

Klaus Iohannis and his wife Carmen Iohannis definitively lost the house located in downtown Sibiu, which is used as the headquarters of a bank, in November 2015, following a Brasov Court of Appeals decision, after a trial that lasted over 16 years.