EC Report: Encouraging track record of National Integrity Agency continued in second half of 2009

The encouraging track record of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) – referred to in benchmark no. 2 – continued in the second half of 2009, indicates the European Commission’s Report on Progress under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) in Romania, presented on Tuesday in Brussels.

According to the report, courts confirmed the determination of unjustified wealth in two cases, ordering the confiscation of significant assets. These decisions are subject to appeal. „Decisions in four other seizure cases are pending.
The agency has also sent a significant number of cases to prosecutors for criminal investigation and to different disciplinary authorities for disciplinary follow-up. In the courts, ANI has established a track record of defending their findings of incompatibilities or conflicts of interest,” the report also says.

The Agency issues press releases to publicise its findings of incompatibilities, conflicts of interest and unjustified wealth as well as the outcome of the relevant court and disciplinary action. The status of ongoing cases in courts is also available online, notes the EC document.
ANI has entered into cooperation with two NGOs to develop awareness-raising and preventive activities. The role of the National Integrity Council (CNI) as a control body of ANI has not been effectively exercised.

We remind that benchmark no. 2 of the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism refers to the establishment of an integrity agency with responsibilities for verifying assets, incompatibilities and potential conflicts of interest, and for issuing mandatory decisions on the basis of which dissuasive sanctions can be enforced.

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