The inspectors of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) started the procedure of verification of the wealth of the Minister of Administration and Home Affairs, Dan Nica, Agerpres reports. ANI took action after the publication in the central media of articles regarding the wealth of the minister, namely a villa in Galati belonging to the dignitary, and registered on the name of a certain Valentin Mititelu, according to the investigation published by “Academia Catavencu.”
According to this weekly, the villa of the vice prime minister, received at the end of his former mandate of minister of communications, had initially been registered on the name of his parents in law and of his god-son.
Moreover, the journalists found differences between the two wealth statements of the dignitary, filed at the end of 2008 and in February 2009, ‘Gardianul’ reports. Thus, according to the statement on December 30, 2008, the dignitary mentioned revenues obtained as deputy of RON 50,097 in the fiscal year 2007. On February 23, 2009, when he already was deputy Prime Minister, Dan Nica mentioned the same amount for the fiscal year 2008 although the office was not the same starting on December 22.
The Minister of Economy, Adriean Videanu, is also under the ANI focus and he must explain to the inspectors why, in the period when he was the mayor of Bucharest, his firm delivered curbstones worth RON 665,000. An aspect of the investigation refers to the origin of the so-called Chinese curbstones which are allegedly manufactured by a factory belonging to Videanu.
Romania’s preparation to join Schengen Space discussed at MAI
Interior Minister Dan Nica, discussed yesterday, with the head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police from the Swiss Confederation, the federal adviser Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, about the preparation of Romania for the accession to the Schengen Space. Nica and the federal adviser discussed, during the working meeting from Bucharest, about the enforcement of the Agreement on the readmission of the persons signed by the Government of Romania and the Swiss Federal Council on June 13, 2008, which went into effect on January 18, 2009. The agreement stipulates the readmission of the citizens of both states who stay illegally on their territory, and of the citizens of third states. The two dignitaries discussed also about the extension with Romania of the Free Circulation Agreement between EU and Switzerland, which obtained the favourable vote of the Swiss citizens in the referendum which took place on February 8, 2009.