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September 29, 2020

MEP Monica Macovei: I used my own money for the campaign and the court decided I should pay that again

MEP Monica Macovei states that she partially won the lawsuit against the Standing Electoral Authority (AEP), the court deciding however that the former presidential candidate should pay again the EUR 10,000 that Macovei used from her own savings in order to finance her campaign.

“The Bucharest Court has decided to partially admit the appeal filed by the Standing Electoral Authority (AEP) and to rule in its favour on a single point: to confiscate EUR 10,000 from me, the sum I donated from my own savings, my personal funds, during the period prior to the start of the presidential elections campaign in 2014. Lacking funds before the start of the campaign, I took EUR 10,000 from my savings, so I came with money from home, and now I have to pay that again. The money was transparently registered, as a loan, from myself, as a natural person, to the candidate. Considering that I’m the same person who loaned the money to the candidate, the operation was basically a donation, permitted by law,” Macovei pointed out on Facebook.

She explained that the authorised agent also declared to AEP the sums received before the start of the campaign, although the law says that only those received during the elections campaign should be declared. “For instance, the legal declaration of the EUR 10,000 loan took place on 14 August 2014, so before the start of the elections campaign, another reason why AEP should not have asked for the confiscation of the money. I was more transparent than required by law,” Macovei emphasised.

She pointed out that in October 2015 she won the lawsuit in the court of first instance, with the exception of some campaign paraphernalia donated on the basis of contracts signed by the authorised agent, and according to the law the authorised agent is responsible for that.

“What we did in the presidential elections campaign was basically to move the campaign financing from barons to citizens. And this against the backdrop in which the law was thought out for fewer and larger campaign donors, namely [seeking] to maintain and encourage the political clientele. Of course, I respect the court’s decision,” Macovei concluded.

In her lawsuit against AEP, Macovei appealed against AEP’s decision, taken in 2015, to confiscate RON 291,415 from the sums used in the presidential elections campaign in 2014, arguing that “AEP disregarded the PayPal system’s procedure and decided to confiscate sums that were received legally and transparently.”

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