Sorin Dimitriu, the president of the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry was prosecuted by the anti-corruption prosecutors on Wednesday in a new corruption file related to EU funds embezzlement. The vice-president of the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and other two directors were also prosecuted.
The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) claims that Sorin Dimitriu and the other three defendants would have illegally obtained non-reimbursable European funds. More precisely, the head of the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry would have signed a document stating that the institution meets all necessary demands to receive such grants, although it didn’t. Overall, RON 18 million would have been cashed in, with RON 300,000 of them being spent for other purposes.
Dimitriu is prosecuted in another file where he is also charged with EU funds embezzlement.
The anti-corruption prosecutors say they have evidence to prove their charges.
They argue that in 2009 Sorin Dimitriu, as president of the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry attested that the institution was compliant with the EU legislation to receive non-reimbursable funds.
In fact, the Chamber did not meet this standard, as it had debts mounting to RON 682,811 representing copyright rights.