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Adrian Severin

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Adrian Severin
Severin in 2008
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
12 December 1996 – 29 December 1997
PresidentEmil Constantinescu
Preceded byTeodor Meleșcanu
Succeeded byAndrei Pleșu
Personal details
Born (1954-03-28) 28 March 1954 (age 70)
Bucharest, Romania
Political partyNational Salvation Front
Democratic Party
Social Democratic Party

Adrian Severin (born 28 March 1954) is a Romanian politician and former Member of the European Parliament.

Adrian Severin started his politics career under the Communist rule, as Instructor (lector)[1] at Ștefan Gheorghiu Academy,[2] the university for Romanian Communist cadres. After the regime change, he became a member of the National Salvation Front and the Democratic Party (which he left in April 1999). Severin was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania between 12 December 1996 and 29 December 1997 as part of the Victor Ciorbea cabinet. He sat in the Chamber of Deputies in June–July 1990 before resigning, and again was a member of that body from 1992 until December 2007, when he resigned.

He is a member of the Social Democratic Party, part of the Group of the Party of European Socialists, and became an MEP on 1 January 2007 with the accession of Romania to the European Union. Previously, Severin served as the UN Special Rapporteur on Human rights in Belarus from 2005 to 2006. He was member of PACE from 1993 till 1997 and from 2003 till 2007.[3]

In 2011 the European Parliament opened a formal investigation into alleged corruption by Severin and two other MEPs, based on an investigation conducted by journalists of the Sunday Times weekly (part of The Times of London).[4] The Romanian politician insisted he had done nothing that was "illegal or against any normal behavior". Mr. Severin is accused of accepting bribe in exchange for initiating some law amendment, and is recorded on video by the journalists when requesting and accepting the bribe.[5] Subsequently, he was called by the Leader of the SD Group in the European Parliament to resign. As he refused, he was suspended from his position as Deputy-Leader of the SD Group and had to leave this Parliamentary Group.

He was indicted by Romania's anti-corruption agency in September 2013 and in February 2016, a court sentenced him to three and a half years in prison, although he could still appeal the judgement.[6] Eventually he served 15 months in jail . [7]

Although he was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment for corruption, Adrian Severin ran at the 2016 local elections for the office of Mayor of Bucharest on a Social Justice Party (whose chairman is Marian Vanghelie)[8] ticket.[9] He received 8234 votes (1.43%).[10]

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  1. ^ "Archived copyPolitica lui Adrian Severin". Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Archived copyAdrian Severin: Groaznica ciocnire dintre minte si simtire". Archived from the original on 17 September 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copyMr Adrian SEVERIN". Archived from the original on 14 February 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  4. ^ "EU parliament probes MEP corruption claims". Archived from the original on 24 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Archived copyEU parliament probes MEP corruption claims". Archived from the original on 23 March 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Former Romanian MEP Adrian Severin sentenced to jail for corruption". Romania-Insider. 10 March 2014. Archived from the original on 25 February 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Former MEP Adrian Severin, released on probation". 28 February 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2023.
  8. ^ "Patru parlamentari au intrat în partidul condus de Marian Vanghelie, PDS" (in Romanian). 13 April 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Adrian Severin, întrebat despre avere: Sunt la procese de partaj persoane care nu pot explica zeci de milioane de euro" (in Romanian). Digi24. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Voturi obtinute de competitori la PG de competitori pe sectoare" (in Romanian). Central Electoral Committee. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.