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October 23, 2021

DNA: MEP Adrian Severin taken to court for bribe taking and influence peddling

Severin allegedly agreed to take 100,000 euros to table amendments in the specialized committees of the EP.

Romanian MEP Adrian Severin has been taken to court by prosecutors of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) for bribe taking and influence peddling.

The DNA prosecutors accuse him that he agreed to receive 100,000 euros to table amendments in the specialized committees of the EP, supporting this way the interests of some supposed companies.
The DNA prosecutors are showing, in the document instituting the proceedings, that during December 2010 – March 2011, MEP Adrian Severin accepted the promise of two people to pay him 100,000 euros annually in exchange of submission of amendments in the specialized committees of the European Parliament.
Also, in exchange for money, Severin agreed to vote against some amendments that did not meet the company’s interests that the two people claimed to support, them actually being reporters working for “Sunday Times”.
In addition to the 100,000 euros it was added also the amount of 4,000 euros per day for any documents that would have been made by Severin in the European legislative in connection with tabling amendments.
“In the context of the discussions that took place during January-March 2011, the defendant Adrian Severin has claimed the two persons, according to the agreement, the sum of 12,000 euros, making them believe that he has influence over two members of the Judiciary Committee, over the Committee Rapporteur for Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European legislature, as well as over another member of the European Parliament, in order to determine them to introduce an amendment to the European Commission’s Directive draft regarding bank deposits guaranteeing. In order to collect the amount of 12,000 euros, the defendant issued an invoice which he sent by email to one of the two persons,” reads a press release issued by the DNA.
The file will be judged by the judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice.
In retort, Severin said it’s all a set up and he will resume his parliamentary activity. “I have a dessert to cross, I am sure the history will vindicate me”, he said, quoted by Mediafax.

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