Germany’s Embassy in Bucharest has posted a message on Facebook that the charge of abuse of office is regulated in Germany, in several tax laws and also in the national Criminal Code, while the conviction ranges from fine up to prison sentence.
„In Germany, the criminal prosecution for abuse of office is regulated through several paragraphs in fiscal laws and in the Criminal Code. Punishment ranges from modest fines up to disciplinary actions and even to considerable prison sentences,” reads the Facebook post of the German Embassy to Romania.
The embassy’s reaction comes after Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu who told a TV show on Thursday night that PM Dancila had asked EC President Juncker and Vice-President Timmermans if they have the deed of abuse of office in Germany or the Netherlands and they would have answered ‚no’.
„As far as I understood, the Commission has also started taking things related to the parallel state more seriously. We can only go all the way with the justice laws and the criminal codes. It took six months for the justice laws to pass. They used all tools, all legal tools, indeed, to delay them. It will probably also take six months for the codes. I heard Viorica Dancila had a discussion with Juncker and Timmermans and she asked them if they have abuse of office in the Netherlands, or Germany? They said no,” Tariceanu told Antena 3 private broadcaster.
Tariceanu, also ALDE chairman, has revealed how the definition of the abuse of office had been amended, saying that Justice minister Tudorel Toader had proposed that the deed should be totally removed from the Criminal Code, but this option had been dropped for the ruling coalition leaders didn’t want to be accused of making a law dedicated to PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea.
Germany is among the 12 partner countries of Romania, which released a joint statement two weeks ago, calling that the rule of law should not be weakened by the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code’s amendments.