The Director of the National Anticorruption Center was Dismissed after the Parliament Found “an inefficient and unsatisfactory activity of the institution in preventing and fighting corruption”
The director of the National Anticorruption Center, Ruslan Flocea, was dismissed after the Parliament found “an inefficient and unsatisfactory activity of the institution” in preventing and combating corruption.
“There are no positive results in the activity of the National Anticorruption Center in the field of investigating corruption schemes, preventing and combating corruption, identifying corruption in the field of justice. There is a lack of effective managerial control within the institution. Sufficient anti-corruption measures have not been taken within the institution. (…) We propose the dismissal of the director of the National Anticorruption Center, Ruslan Flocea, on the grounds of finding, as a result of the parliamentary control carried out, an unsatisfactory activity in the field of preventing and combating corruption, acts related to corruption, and acts of corrupt behavior,” said Olesea Stamate, chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs, Appointments and Immunities.
The project to remove the National Anticorruption Center director from office was supported by 55 deputies.
„The Evaluation Report of the activity of the National Anticorruption Center for the period January 2016 – September 2021 shows that there is an inefficient and unsatisfactory activity of the institution in preventing and combating corruption, acts related to corruption, and acts of corrupt behavior. The Evaluation Report of the activity of the National Anticorruption Center for the period January 2016 – September 2021 is sent to the Ministry of Justice, the General Prosecutor’s Office, and the Intelligence and Security Service for taking the necessary measures,” it is shown in the draft decision of the Parliament.
The National Anticorruption Center director Ruslan Flocea did not come to Parliament. He considers that the evaluation report of the Anticorruption Center”s activity “is the expression of a deliberate distortion of reality, a gross manipulation of information and a total lack of understanding of the processes”.
“I will not accept the invitation to participate in the plenary session of the Parliament in a formal exercise since the decision to dismiss me has already been taken. At least this is clear from the public statements of some Action and Solidarity Party representatives who stated, on each occasion, that the National Anticorruption Center director will be fired after the so-called evaluation,” mentioned Flocea.
The National Anticorruption Center qualifies the Parliament’s evaluation report of the institution’s activity for the period January 2016 – September 2021, as inaccurate, superficial, and lacking in objectivity.
On September 14, the first joint meeting of the National Security, Defense, and Public Order Commission and the Legal, Appointments, and Immunities Commission for the evaluation of the National Anticorruption Center’s activity took place. The meeting took place following the adoption by the Parliament, on September 9, of the Decision on the initiation of the parliamentary control over the activity of the institution.
During the joint sitting, Action and Solidarity Party deputy Lilian Carp was elected chairman of the committee responsible for conducting the parliamentary evaluation. The members of the commission decided that the time interval of the National Anticorruption Center activity, which will be subject to evaluation, will be the period 2016-2021.
At the same time, the members of the commission established a series of priority topics that will be examined in the evaluation process.
These include acts of corruption of deputies and actions taken by the National Anticorruption Center to elucidate these cases; staff mobility in the institution; hearing and evaluation of National Anticorruption Center’s report for 2020; the objectives assumed by each of the National Anticorruption Center’s leaders, during the reference period and the degree of their achievement; evaluation of the monitoring reports of National Anticorruption Center’s activity by the international institutions and of the recommendations for the period 2016-2021; the number of criminal cases investigated by National Anticorruption Center employees regarding acts of corruption in the field of justice, including those completed and sent to the courts; the activity of the internal security subdivision of the institution, the investigation cases of the National Anticorruption Center’s collaborators.