Severin charged by Romanian prosecutor with defrauding EU
By Gaspard Sebag | Tuesday 17 July 2012
The net is tightening around Romanian MEP Adrian Severin (NI), who is being charged in his country with embezzlement of EU funds. Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) announced, on 16 July, that proceedings were launched for a new offence of forgery and the use of forgeries that resulted in Severin illegally obtaining €436,663.
After the ‘cash for amendments’ scandal, where three deputies were accused, in March 2011, of accepting to table amendments for ‘clients’ after having been told by undercover reporters from
The Sunday Times that such work would be compensated with money, Severin is once again in the eye of the storm. Back then, the S&D group severed all ties with the Romanian national but he nevertheless managed to cling on to his MEP seat. In June 2011, the plenary waived the immunity of the former Romanian minister to enable the DNA to conduct its proceedings.
ADDITIONAL TO ‘CASH FOR AMENDMENTS’
The current proceedings, relating to a new offense, are additional to the ones launched following the ‘cash for amendments’ scandal. Severin is being charged with forgery and the use of forgeries that enabled him to illegally obtain general European Community budget funds, according to a statement from the national anti-corruption prosecutor. The DNA states that it has documents showing that consultancy contracts based on fictitious services were signed with six Romanian companies, enabling the non-attached MEP and his allies – also charged – to lay their hands on the European Parliament’s money to the tune of €436,663. No further details were provided given the early stage of the proceedings.
Europolitics did not manage to get through to Severin for a comment. n