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MEP Dan Nica may be left without immunity

The National Anticorruption Directorate’s request for lifting the immunity of Social-Democrat MEP Dan Nica will be debated on by Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) of the European Parliament on Thursday. The Committee will address the Romanian prosecutors’ request to lift the parliamentary immunity of Dan Nica, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control of the European Parliament. He will be able to state his position in front of his colleagues.

According to the rules of procedure, the Committee on Legal Affairs ‘under no circumstance will decide on the guilt or innocence of the member of the European Parliament or his opinions or deeds’. After the draft report is adopted by JURI, it will go in plenary session ‘where it will be voted on without the possibility of making amendments’. Unlike the Committee, the concerned MEP may not take the floor at this stage of the procedure.

On 26 September, DNA asked the President, Senate, Chamber of Deputies and European Parliament to consent to the prosecution of a total of nine former ministers who, during their terms in office, allegedly committed offences in the case of Microsoft licensing contract for schools.

Dan Nica is suspected of having initiated and approved draft government decisions seeking to favour Fujitsu Siemens and Siveco. From April to November 2004, he allegedly received a part of the total of 20 M dollars wired by Fijitsu Siemens to the accounts of off-shore companies. The money was paid as consultancy and technical assistance fees.

 

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