Rise Project platform reporting on corruption and organized crime in Romania claims there is a EUR 115,000 difference between the revenues from rents reported by president Iohannis in his wealth statements during 2004-2007 and the real sums of money appearing in the leasing contracts of his real estate properties. In retort, the Presidential Administration says that all revenues obtained from leasing contracts by president Iohannis have been totally declared.
“All incomes earned by Romania’s president, Klaus Iohannis from the renting of his properties are fully appearing in the filed wealth statements. There is no sum obtained from rent that wouldn’t have been declared since 2004 up to the present. At the same time, Mr. Klaus Iohannis paid all taxes for the entire sums of money obtained from renting the buildings. All incomes have been mentioned in his wealth statements gradually filed and any other reckoning proceeding of those incomes is just speculation which is not in accordance with the reality,” reads the press release issued by the Presidential Administration on Monday.
According to the wealth statement filed by the Romanian president early this year, he and his wife have annual revenues from rents worth RON 228,132. This sum appears in all wealth statements filed by Iohannis during 2010-2014 as Sibiu Mayor.
On the other hand, journalists from Rise Project say that during 2004-2007 Klaus Iohannis declared lower incomes from smaller rents. They argue this would derive from several renting contracts signed by Iohannis and some companies that opened work sites in the buildings owned by Iohannis. Rise Project explains it got those contracts from the Trade Register where those companies had filed them to prove they are legally working in those buildings lent by the incumbent president of Romania.
So, according to this source, during 2004-2007, the difference between the sums from the contracts and those mentioned by Iohannis in his wealth statements mounts to EUR 115,000. Thus, while the contracts point that Iohannis would have cashed in EUR 150, 000 from rents, his wealth statements record total revenues of EUR 35,000 from rents.