Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Monday that Premier Viorica Dancila “took the right decision” by lodging with the Constitutional Court (CCR) a notification regarding the Head of State’s failure to sign the decrees appointing in office the ministers nominated at the helm of the Transport and Regional Development ministries.
“He [President Iohannis] wasn’t invoking me, he was invoking the Senate procedure, but I got the hint. There are two things that are completely separate in my opinion, they have no connection. I took note of this opinion, as did everybody, and I believe the Prime Minister took the right decision by notifying the Constitutional Court in such circumstances in which the President has not offered a deadline for the signing of the decrees appointing the ministers,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated.
Senate Speaker on postponement of vote on report on DNA prosecutors’ request: It doesn’t give me an advantage
Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Monday that the postponement of the vote on the report on the DNA prosecutors’ request to have his immunity lifted so as to start a criminal probe against him does not give him an advantage, pointing out that he does not benefit from the effect of prescription.
“I’m ready to present my point of view before the Senate. I was ready today too (Monday – editor’s note). I understand that the Standing Bureau has taken note of some Senators’ request for more time to study the dossier, and the decision has been taken to give access to all Senators – not just to the members of the Judiciary Committee – to the documents in the dossier. I don’t want people to somehow believe that these undertakings were inspired or allegedly influenced by me,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated, pointing out that he has decided not to take part in the meeting of the Senate’s Standing Bureau.
He stated that the postponement of the vote on the DNA request does not give him an advantage.
“If the Opposition were to make a minimum effort and read the prosecutors’ paper, they would notice that the prosecutors consider that the prescription deadline is not operating, so I don’t benefit from the effect of prescription. In conclusion, it doesn’t give me an advantage,” the Senate Speaker said.
On Monday, the Senate leadership approved the Judiciary Committee’s request to extend by 10 days the deadline for the drafting of its report.
The DNA has asked the Senate to lift the immunity of Calin Popescu Tariceanu so as to start a criminal probe against him. Prosecutors have announced that the Senate Speaker is accused of receiving almost USD 800,000 from the representatives of an Austrian company, in exchange for concluding several addenda to a commercial contract, the money being used in the elections campaign.
According to the mentioned source, other persons are currently being probed in this case for complicity to passive bribery. In what concerns the dignitary, who is currently a Senator, the start of the criminal probe into passive bribery is conditioned by having his immunity lifted by the Senate.
The company mentioned by the prosecutors is Fujitsu Siemens Computers, whose name was also linked with the Microsoft dossier in which several Romanian dignitaries were implicated.