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February 1, 2023

DNA prosecutors asked for the approval for detaining and arresting Darius Valcov: PM Ponta accepted his resignation as Minister of Finance

On Thursday, Prime-Minister Victor Ponta said he had accepted Darius Valcov’s resignation as Minister of Finance after  the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) asked for the approval of the Senate to detain and arrest Darius Valcov.

‘Having in view the new DNA request, I have accepted Mr. Valcov’s resignation. I will present my new nomination for minister of finance to President Iohannis in the shortest time possible’, Victor Ponta states in a Twitter posting.

The premier is now to decide on who will replace Valcov at the Ministry of Finance.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta told Agerpres on Thursday he will not nominate a new finance minister before consulting President Klaus Iohannis, who should return on Friday from the European Council meeting in Brussels.

The DNA prosecutors on Thursday asked for the approval for detaining and arresting resigning Finance Minister Darius Valcov after questioning him. As he is a senator, the request for the approval of his detention and arrest was sent to Prosecutor General Tiberiu Nitu, who, in his turn, is supposed to send the request on to the Senate.

The Legal Committee of the Senate will analyse DNA’s request and will issue an advisory opinion. The final decision will be made by the plenary session of the Senate. The resigning Finance Minister, Darius Valcov, allegedly intervened to help a businessman obtain public contracts, being promised 20% of the cashed amounts.

Valcov was questioned as a suspect by DNA last Friday. The prosecutors said that former Slatina mayor had received ‘from 2010 to 2013 approximately EUR 2 M, partly directly in cash and the rest of RON 2.48 M via companies’.

In the criminal investigation documents, the prosecutors state that Darius Valcov’s criminal activity began six years ago.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Sunday that Valcov had resigned as Minister of Finance. Darius Valcov said, Monday morning, that he would continue to do his work as a minister for the following days, trying to complete the Fiscal Code and the Code of Fiscal Procedure. Afterwards, the Government will take note of his resignation and he will vacate his office.

Prime-Minister Victor Ponta also noted that he would send the Finance Minister’s resignation to President Klaus Iohannis after the Fiscal Code and Code of Fiscal Procedure are finished.



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