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March 4, 2021
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Wealth of the main Bucharest City Hall candidates

Robert Turcescu (photo), Gabriela Firea and Daniel Barbu are among the wealthiest candidates credited with the highest chances in the elections for the Bucharest City Hall in June. Still, only PMP candidate Robert Turcescu could finance his elections campaign with the money he has in his bank accounts. All the others would have to sell their valuables to do so.

Robert Turcescu, PMP’s candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, owns plots of land in built-up and rural areas with a total surface of 11,000 square metres in Stefanesti, Mogosoaia, Sulina, Golesti, Bucharest’s District 6, and a 168-sq.m. house in District 2, bought through a mortgage loan, four apartments in Bucharest and one apartment in Pitesti. The former journalist has 18 bank accounts, the oldest of them opened in 2001. The bank accounts hold approximately RON 1,300,000, EUR 173,279 and USD 12,170.

According to the wealth statement filed at the Romanian Senate in July 2015, PSD candidate Gabriela Firea owns 81 percent of plots of lands with a total surface area of 2,304 square metres, and does not own buildings, homes or apartments, Mediafax informs. However, she owns “platinum, white and yellow gold jewellery of 14 and 18 karats, simple or with precious and semi-precious metals,” as well as “a watch from the interwar period, rings, chains , bracelets, pendants, necklaces, earrings” worth EUR 100,000, which were purchased prior to her marriage with Voluntari Mayor Florin Costel Pandele, namely in 1990-2010. Firea also points out that after marrying Pandele her jewellery collection grew by items worth another EUR 30,000. Gabriela Firea also owns “oil, watercolour and engravings” worth EUR 80,000, plus another EUR 30,000 worth of art items obtained after her marriage with the Voluntari Mayor. Gabriela Firea has debts of EUR 76,500.

PNL’s Catalin Predoiu does not own plots of land or buildings. His wife owns three apartments in Bucharest and a holiday home in Prahova, all inherited in 2013, according to the wealth statement attached to the candidacy dossier filed at the Municipal Electoral Bureau. The Liberal has declared jewellery worth EUR 20,000, obtained in 1995-2016, watches worth EUR 20,000, bought in 2000-2015, icons worth EUR 2,000, and art objects, paintings and books worth EUR 45,000.

Daniel Barbu, ALDE’s candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, owns 50 percent of a 123-sq.m. apartment and ¾ of a 73-sq.m. apartment, both located in Bucharest, and retail spaces totalling a surface area of 30 square metres, inherited in 2000, which brought him an annual income of RON 12,000, according to the wealth statement he filed at the Romanian Senate in July 2015.

Barbu does not own plots of land but he declared decorative and oriental art objects worth approximately EUR 10,000, European furniture items dating back to the 17th to 19th centuries, worth around EUR 40,000, and European painting dating back to the 16th to 19th centuries, worth around EUR 40,000. Barbu has debts of EUR 50,000.

Nicusor Dan, USB’s candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, owns a plot of land measuring 7,460 square metres, in Predeal, partially paid with a mortgage loan, according to the wealth statement attached to the candidacy dossier filed at the Municipal Electoral Bureau. The USB candidate does not own apartments, residential or holiday homes, jewellery or art objects that would surpass a total value of EUR 5,000, according to his wealth statement. Nicusor Dan’s bank accounts hold RON 45,509. Nicusor Dan has a debt of EUR 103,890.

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