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October 22, 2021

Macovei: Several ministers have undeclared accounts abroad

The president of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) declared on Sunday that several ministers have accounts opened with banks from Switzerland and other foreign banks, amounts which are not mentioned in their wealth statements, Antena 3 reports. According to Alexandru Macovei, ANI has started an inquiry and will render public the names of the respective persons in the near future, because “Switzerland has ceased to be what is used to” in connection with the banking secret. “The banks from many European and non-European states can confirm the fact that a person has or does not have an account with a banking entity. More than one member of the Cabinet have accounts with banks from Europe. I cannot tell you that these investigations will finish in one or two weeks, or will last for more than one month,” Macovei stressed in a talk-show on Antena 3.

Asked if his announcement regarding these investigations can be a warning for the targeted persons, who can liquidate in this way the respective accounts, Catalin Macovei said that “the traces of the accounts remain.”

Nevertheless, according to Macovei, there are loop holes for the investigated persons. “The law is unfavourable to us. Even if we announce someone that we investigate his wealth or properties, that person can sell the next day the properties without incurring any sanction,” he said. ANI inspectors have fined so far only one minister, Gabriel Sandu, minister of communications and IT society, Gardianul reports. He was fined RON 500 for filing his wealth statement 3 days over the legal deadline. ANI has started so far inquiries connected with 11 ministers.

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