The submission of European parliamentary election candidacies has triggered the submission of some very interesting financial disclosure statements.
Mediafax reports that the financial disclosure statement submitted by Gigi Becali, a candidate for the European Parliament on behalf of Greater Romania Party (PRM) is the same as the one the businessman submitted in October 2008, the only difference being a EUR 12 M loan Becali gave to a person whose name is Dumitru Bucsaru. Among many other things, Becali owns an impressive watch collection worth EUR 250,000. President Traian Basescu’s youngest daughter seems to have a passion for watches based on her financial disclosure – she has several watches worth EUR 8,000, as well as a Range Rover bought in 2007. The independent candidate in the European parliamentary election owns no land or buildings and owes Piraeus Bank EUR 16,537. Ex-head of the National Anti-Drug Agency General Pavel Abraham and his family own two apartments, a house, a holiday home and five plots of land, plus two vehicles and a collection of jewelleries worth EUR 7,500. Presidential adviser Cristian Preda who runs for a seat in the European Parliament on the lists of PDL has RON 224,710 and EUR 193 in banks accounts opened between 2002 and 2008. He and his wife have an apartment in Bucharest worth EUR 140,000, no land, vehicles or bank loans.