FinMin resigns over bribe allegations
Minister of Finance, Darius Bogdan Vâlcov, has resigned following allegations that he took a bribe of around €2 million from a company seeking a government contract. The Minister has been in the post since December 2014 and the resignation comes after the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) announced on Friday evening that they were initiating a criminal prosecution procedure.
Prime Minister Victor Ponta has accepted the resignation but has asked the Minister to complete the Tax Code draft before leaving office. According to Agerpres the Prime Minister announced on his Facebook page that “The most important project of the Government in 2015 is the Tax Code (in which Darius Vâlcov had and will have a deciding role!). I want to give guarantees to everyone that this project goes further, at any cost and in any political context! The economic development of the country is directly linked to the adoption and implementing of this new Code, which can be done due to the labour of the people in this country and to the results of the governance of 2012-2015!”