The National Anti-corruption Department has concluded the investigation involving Romanian deputy PM George Copos charged with embezzlement that created a 1,1 bln Euros dent to the state’s budget. The results recommend Copos to be tried, action that will trigger the suspension of vice- premier post.

The DNA opened a case involving Copos and the former general manager of the Romanian Lottery Nicolae Cristea on January 11. The two are accused of jointly selling 38 commercial spaces belonging to Copos to the Romanian Lottery, at a much undervalued price that brought a loss of 1.3 bln Euros to the state’s budget.

George Copos is a member of the governing alliance Conservative Party and owner of FC Rapid Bucharest, UEFA quarter-finalist in 2006. He is also the president of Ana Group that comprises Ana Electronics.