PDL President Crin Antonescu stated on Friday he has received the draft on setting up the investigation commission requested by PSD in the ‘Calarasi Case,’ but he has not read it yet, adding a decision would be made at today’s meeting between party leaders and executive deputy chairmen. Prior to this statement, Antonescu had said on Digi 24 that the Calarasi investigation commission was only discussed “briefly” at the meeting with Prime Minister Victor Ponta at government headquarters, meaning a decision was not reached in this respect, but will probably be reached along party lines by PNL.
On the other hand, Dan Sova, Minister Delegate for Infrastructure Projects and a member of PSD, stated “illegalities were obvious” in the case of the bank loan granted to Ioana Basescu, President Traian Basescu’s eldest daughter, by CEC, and the bank president, Radu Ghetea, should have resigned after news of the scandal surfaced.
“As far as I’m concerned, there is one simple question – could X, a Romanian citizen, with an income and financial situation similar to Mrs. Ioana Basescu’s (…) have obtained such a loan from CEC under the exact same conditions? Yes or no?” the minister said on air at “Dupa 20 de ani,” (Twenty Years Later) a TV show broadcast by Pro TV. He admitted his knowledge of the Romanian farmland market is limited and it is hard for him to say whether the price paid by the president’s daughter for that particular land surface was low or high. “What I’m interested in is the behavior of CEC, a Romanian bank that cannot be beneficial to some and harmful to others,” Sova explained. We remind our readers that Senate leaders approved the setting up of an investigation commission into CEC Bank’s activity on Monday.
Valeriu Zgonea, Chamber of Deputies Chairman stated Saturday while in Buzau it would be “ a big mistake” and “a subterfuge” if the General Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation in the purchase of farmland in Nana locality, Calarasi County, by the Basescu family, given that a parliamentary commission would be more suitable to bring the subject to light. Zgonea’s statement was made in response to PDL deputy Cezar Preda’s statement that the general prosecutor should take legal action without external notification.
In mid-November, Ioana Basescu announced she had purchased a 290.41-hectare farmland in Calarasi County in September by contracting a 30-year mortgage loan. Subsequently, Traian Basescu stated he had convinced his eldest daughter to purchase the land because he wanted to be a farmer, adding she was the only family member eligible for a mortgage loan.