MEP Adrian Severin, the candidate of the Alliance PSD + PC for the European Parliament, said this Saturday, during a press conference at Targu Mures, that he was pressing charges of corruption against some members of the European Commission who were working on the Justice Report for Romania, not they may have been bribed, but deviation from rules, according to Agerpres.
“Ask yourself: who is not the commissioner responsible for legal issues and internal affairs the one coordinating the drafting of the report for Romania on justice and it is Mrs. Catherine Day, General Secretary of the European Commission. Why do we need someone who is not the titular of the domain to intervene? Either Mr. (Jacques – editor note) Barrot is corrupt, or there is a corruption form in the sense that he is not allowed to manage the file. Corruption is not simply taking money and giving money. There is political corruption and there is moral corruption. Corruption is the deviation from the rule,” Adrian Severin explained.
Severin indicated that he had talks with the responsible commissioner, the commissioner for Justice, Jacques Barrot, in order to get an understanding on the principles on the basis of which work if being done.
The MEP underlined that he could not provide more details as to his talk with Barrot since this was based on certain confidentiality, but he specified that his opinion is largely shared at certain levels of the European Commission.
“We are all upset with the fact that the fight with corruption is not progressing. But at the same time, we must not throw the baby when we throw the dirty water. Because we are so upset with ourselves on the fact that not enough has been done in the country, we should not get involved into others’ stakes who do not aim at lifting corruption in Romania, but they have completely different aims, which Romania can serve thus,” Severin concluded.