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May 26, 2022

Anti-corruption prosecutors to contact EP in Severin case

After representatives of the European Parliament stated, at the end of last week, that the EP was waiting for Romanian authorities to start an investigation in the case of MEP Adrian Severin, the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) announced, on Friday, it would take all legal steps to get to the bottom of this. “On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, the National Anti-Corruption Directorate forwarded to the High Court of Cassation and Justice’s Prosecutor’s Office, and, on Thursday, March 31, to the Ministry of Justice, official addresses regarding action by default in reference to alleged acts of corruption committed by Adrian Severin (…) DNA prosecutors are to take all steps, in keeping with legal provisions, including those which presuppose getting in touch with other legal bodies, the European Parliament included, to clarify the matter,” a release remitted by DNA reads. On the same day, the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) MEP Sebastian Bodu testified, before the anti-corruption prosecutors, in reference to the Severin investigation. Bodu stated he had to present in detail, before the prosecutors, the norms governing the European Parliament, namely, to explain the notions of “rapporteur”, “debate”, so the latter would fully understand the role of every MEP.
While anti-corruption prosecutors initiated a judicial investigation into the Severin case, the European Anti-Fraud Office initiated an administrative investigation at the European Parliament. Meanwhile, in the context of the “lobby for money” affair that Severin was involved in, the EP leaders agreed, at the end of last week, to draft new regulations regarding the activity of lobby firms and a new code of conduct for the European deputies. A working group made up of several MEP was set up to draft these new rules.
On the other hand, Severin’s Romanian fellow-MEPs continue to criticize the fact that this scandal tarnished Romania’s image as a whole. The Liberal MEP Ramona Manescu stated, however, in a press conference, yesterday, that there were no repercussions on the Romanian delegation en masse, while Sogor Csaba, from the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), stated that the scandal had affected the European Parliament as a whole and that Severin would be unable to get anything done within the Legislative, as an independent.

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