EP expects official letters from Romanian authorities in Severin case

The European Parliament (EP) informed yesterday that it is waiting for the Romanian judicial authorities to start an investigation in the case of MEP Adrian Severin. “EP has received official letters from the Austrian and Slovenian judicial authorities. An official letter from the Romanian authorities is also expected at the soonest,” informed the press service of the European body. EP also announced that the offices of the MEPs involved in the “lobby for money” affair were locked to preserve any evidence until the judicial representatives of those countries are coming to Brussels for investigations. EP President Jerzy Buzek also authorized the European Anti-Fraud Office to pursue an administrative investigation, but informed that OLAF cannot enter the MEPs’ offices, as they have immunity.

On the other hand, “Adevarul” daily wrote in its yesterday’s edition that MEP Adrian Severin still occupies a building provided by the state, although he no longer holds any public dignity since 1997, and – according to his wealth statement – he owns two apartments in Bucharest. Severin refused to leave the building provided to him by state administration RA-APPS, which meanwhile extended his rental contract until 2014.

Severin occupies a building of 192 square metres, located near the Arch of Triumph in Bucharest, and pays each month a rent of EUR 637 to the State Patrimony and Protocol Administration (RA-APPS).

According to his wealth statement, Severin has EUR 840,000, RON 234,000 and USD 36,000 in his bank accounts. The MEP also owns a land in the town of Busteni and two apartments in Bucharest. Additionally, Severin earns EUR 6,200 each month as salary from the European Parliament.

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