The National Anticorruption Directorate’s (DNA) request for the Lower Chamber to approve its criminal probe against Social Democratic Party (PSD) Lower Chamber lawmaker Eugen Bejinariu will be included on the Lower Chamber plenum’s order of the day on Tuesday, for debates and final vote, Lower Chamber Secretary Ioana Bran announced at the end of the Standing Bureau’s meeting. The DNA filed its request with Parliament last year, however the previous Parliament did not cast a vote.
Asked what is happening with the DNA’s request to have its criminal probe against Eugen Bejinariu approved, Ioana Bran said that the request was introduced on the plenum’s order of the day on Tuesday, for debates and final vote.
In the last year’s December 11th elections, PSD’s Eugen Bejinariu won a new term in the Lower Chamber.
On February 14, PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated that the DNA’s request concerning its criminal probe against Lower Chamber lawmaker Eugen Bejinariu, a request filed with the previous Parliament, will be put up for vote soon, explaining that the topic was postponed because there were “more important topics” on the plenum’s order of the day.
DNA prosecutors claim that Eugen Bejinariu, acting in his capacity as Minister for the Coordination of the Government’s General Secretariat and in violation of the provisions concerning public procurements, tabled and backed draft government decisions no.1473/11 December 2013 and no.470/1 April 2004, which approved the Government’s signing, with Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH, of a contract for the leasing of Microsoft licences, while falsely invoking the company’s capacity as sole distributor for these products in order to favour it by avoiding a public tender.
Eugen Bejinariu is also suspected of tabling and backing draft government decision no.1778/21 October 2004, which approved the extension of the contract that the Government and Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH had signed on 15 April 2004, to also include Microsoft educational programmes, in the absence of a sound need. Prosecutors claim Bejinariu signed the 15 April 2004 contract for the leasing of Microsoft licences and the addendum to it despite knowing that a procurement without a tender was not justified.
DNA prosecutors have estimated the damage caused to the state through these contracts – which were based on Government decisions – at 69,965,343 dollars, representing the undue financial benefit registered by Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH.