Romanian government faces embezzlement charges, personal data violations

  • Elisabeth Gheorghe
  • 19.4.2017 09:46

The Romanian government has been accused of fraudulently awarding EU funds to its intelligence services. The findings emerge after a cluster of Romanian NGOs voiced grievances to the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) in January 2017, claiming that the Romanian Intelligence Services (SRI) misappropriated over €30m in funding. SRI’s project faces scrutiny due to personal data protection violations.

Using European Regional Development resources, the Romanian Ministry of Information and Ministry of European Funds opened a call for e-Government projects in June 2016. SRI’s proposal –“SII Analytics – Computer system for operational and analytical use and integration of high volumes of data” – was the only lodged project. It faces accusations of violating domestic and EU personal data protection, as information is recorded without consent. IT entrepreneur and ex-Parliamentary SRI Commissioner, Sebastian Ghiță, allegedly masterminded SII Analytics, with intent to acquire sensitive information. Having previously earned IT contracts with the Romanian state, including the SRI, Ghiță was recently apprehended in Serbia.

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