EN: “Every year”, says the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), this organisation “acknowledges the efforts of those who work tirelessly to promote crime and corruption”. For 2013, the OCCRP has given this “dubious distinction” to the Romanian Parliament. The reason, says the OCCRP, is that
Early this December, the Romanian parliament approved amendments to the criminal code that would give its members, as well as other elected government officials, immunity from corruption charges.The amendments, which were voted on without debate, declared that the Romanian president, senators, lawyers, and members of the lower chamber are no longer “public officials.” Therefore, they could no longer be indicted for bribery, abuse of office, conflict of interest, and other corruption-related charges. Government officials already convicted of corruption could be exonerated.“The Romanian Parliament has taken corruption to a new level in Europe by making it legal. Why now? It’s probably because they know what they have been doing and it’s not good,” said Drew Sullivan, editor of OCCRP.
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