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September 25, 2020

European Commission, first reaction after Liviu Dragnea’s legal action: We will lodge observations in due time

In a reply to Mediafax, the European Commission points out it was notified about PSD leader Liviu Dragnea’s legal action and adds that it will lodge observations in due time, emphasising that it respects the independence of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and of the courts.

“We were notified by the Court about this legal action [case T738/2018] and we will analyse it. We respect the independence of both OLAF and the European courts. As always in such procedures, the Commission will lodge its observations in due time. The Commission will not comment on this case, in order to respect the independence of European courts,” European Commission Spokesman Christian Wigan points out in the reply to Mediafax.

The European Court of Justice website lists the Dragnea vs. Commission case, registered on 11 December 2018, without further details.

PSD President Liviu Dragnea is suing the European Commission in an attempt to obtain the cancellation of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) report that noted European grants fraud in the Tel Drum dossier.

OLAF also announced it identified evidence which suggests secret collaboration between the beneficiaries of the grants, civil servants and the contracted companies, including the forging of documents during the procurement procedures.

In fact, the OLAF report formed the basis of the decision to open the ‘Tel Drum’ dossier in which DNA prosecutors officially announced, on November 13, that Liviu Dragnea is criminally prosecuted for creation of a crime ring, abuse of office and the embezzlement of European grants, in relation to favouring the company when it came to the awarding of contracts.

The offences were allegedly committed while he was Chairman of the Teleorman County Council.

In November 2017, prosecutors seized from Liviu Dragnea assets worth more than RON 127 million (EUR 27 million). A plot of land of approximately 3,000 square metres, an 80-square-metre apartment, two cars and bank accounts were among the assets seized.


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