At a joint plenary session on Wednesday, Parliament approved the appointment of Ilie Sarbu as account councillor and vice president of the Audit Authority of the Court of Accounts.
Parliament’s decision to appoint Ilie Sarbu councillor at the Court of Accounts and vice president of the Audit Authority after Ioan Anton vacated the position was adopted with 290 votes in favour and 108 against.
Sarbu was appointed in office for what remains of a nine-year term that started on October 15, 2011, according to Parliament Decision 17/2011.
At the start of the Parliamentary sitting Sarbu stepped down from the helm of the group of Social-Democrat Senators. PSD Interim President Liviu Dragnea stated that he has the party’s backing for his appointment at the Court of Accounts.
PSD Senator Ilie Sarbu’s appointment as councillor at the Court of Accounts has not taken place in line with legal provisions, according to the legal specialists consulted by HotNews.ro. According to them, Sarbu fails to meet the criterion concerning the time spent working in the economic or legal domain (a minimum of ten years). According to the CV posted on the Senate’s website, Sarbu graduated from the Craiova University in 1998, with a B.A. in Management, however he does not have the work experience legally required. Ever since 2000 Sarbu has held solely political offices: minister in the Nastase Government, Senator.
Liberal Co-President Gorghiu: Ilie Sarbu’s appointment at Court of Accounts is extremely inappropriate
National Liberal Party (PNL, opposition) Co-President Alina Gorghiu says the appointment of Ilie Sarbu at the Court of Accounts is totally inappropriate, adding that the institution should be “slightly reformed.”
“Personally, I have nothing against Mr. Sarbu. I don’t want anyone to misunderstand me, I have no personal problem with Mr. Sarbu, but I say with all responsibility that this is a very inappropriate appointment at the Court of Accounts. I’m absolutely certain that the Social Democrat Party (PSD) would have had a better, well-trained, young person to fill in for so many years this tenure at the Court of Accounts – an institution we’d all like to be the way it should be. And the Court of Accounts must be slightly reformed. We should avoid using it as an institution where we send people when they end their political career. I find it unfair for the future of this country,” said Alina Gorghiu, at the Parliament Palace.
On Wednesday, Parliament approved in a 290-to-108 plenary vote the appointment of Ilie Sarbu – the father-in-law of Prime Minister Victor Ponta – as accounts councillor and vice president of the Audit Authority of the Court of Accounts, a position vacated by Ioan Anton.