The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors on Monday conducted investigations in a case of suspected fraud involving EU funds and corruption committed from 2011 to 2014. A total of 11 addresses in Bucharest and Prahova, Cluj and Brasov Counties were searched.
According to ‘Buna ziua Cluj’ publication, the anti-corruption prosecutors also raised the domicile of the President of Cluj Chamber of Commerce, Stefan Dimitriu, as well as the headquarters of Napoca Constructii, a company to the management of which he had belonged.
According to Romania TV, Dimitriu said the prosecutors had taken documents regarding a sewerage project, the renovation of a day care facility for children, and a water treatment project developed by Napoca Constructii.
According to the president of Cluj Chamber of Commerce, the tendering value of the works was RON 9 M exclusive of VAT.
Asked what were the charges brought against him by DNA, Dimitriu said it concerned a Brasov company that supplied to Napoca Constructii, a company to the management of which he had belonged – a piece of equipment used for the water treatment and cleaning station.
Laszlo Borbely and Klaus Iohannis’ names cited in contract under investigation
Romania TV quotes judicial sources as saying that DNA are also investigating a contract involving European funds signed by the Minister of Environment at the time, Laszlo Borbely, but also by Klaus Iohannis as the representative of a water and sewerage association and of Sibiu Municipality. The quoted sources say the project is ‘The Expansion and Improvement of Water and Used Water Infrastructure in the Counties of Sibiu and Brasov’.
The financing agreement for the ‘The Expansion and Improvement of Water and Used Water Infrastructure in the Counties of Sibiu and Brasov’ was signed on 6 April 2011, at the Ministry of Environment and Forests, in Bucharest, by Minister Laszlo Borbely, the General Manager of S.C. Apă Canal S:A Sibiu, Mircea Niculescu, the President of the ‘Sibiu Water Association’ Inter-community Development Association, Klaus Werner Iohannis and by the Director of the POS Environment Region 7 Centre Intermediate Body, Georgeta Gaina.
The total value of the project not including the value-added tax is RON 421.453.177 lei, of which 371,804.302 representing non-repayable financing from the Cohesion Fund and national budget, 7.587.846 – contribution of the ADI members, from local budgets, and 42.061.029 – contribution of SC Apă Canal S.A. Sibiu.
The prosecutors suspect the money was re-directed for other purposes than the ones specified in the agreement, by that defrauding EU funds. Judicial sources say the estimated damage caused is EUR 1.5 M.