Thursday, 26 December 2013

Romanian Parliament gets prize “for hard work to promote crime and corruption”

RO: Parlamentul României, premiat pentru "aducerea corupţiei la un alt nivel, legalizând-o"! In materie de recunoaştere a meritelor, cred că nici nu se putea mai mult. Dacă cineva are nevoie acum de Monica Macovei, ştie unde să o găsească...Banuiesc că vestea a cauzat un puternic hohot de râs la Bruxelles! Silenzio stampa la Bucureşti. Deh, sic transit gloria mundi...Se tem ei acum de Monica? Are they now afraid of Monica Macovei? Dar mâine?

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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1 comment:

  1. Somebody realised it happens - and Romanians wonder what change this may bring!