«EU should resist Romanian demands and appoint Laura Codruta Kovesi.
A majority of EU governments, backed by the European Parliament’s main political parties, often speak up strongly in defence of judicial independence and the rule of law in their 28-nation club. Now it is time for them to put their words into action. The EU is in the process of appointing the first head of its newly established European Public Prosecutor’s Office. They should choose the person best qualified for the job. She is Laura Codruta Kovesi, a brave and distinguished prosecutor from Romania. There are several excellent arguments in favour of Ms Kovesi, not least of which is that Romania’s government, fast becoming a serial abuser of EU norms and values on the rule of law, fiercely opposes her appointment. Doubtless the two other candidates for the job, one each from France and Germany, would do it well. But neither has Ms Kovesi’s frontline experience of conducting a struggle, arduous and sometimes lonely, against deep-rooted political corruption in her homeland.»
«EU states have already endorsed French candidate Bohnert.
For a prosecutor with an uncommon record of putting corrupt politicians behind bars, the former head of Romania’s anti-graft agency is facing one more hurdle than her rivals: the opposition of her own government.
Laura Codruta Kövesi, who was fired by Romania’s ruling Social Democrats after she put dozens of corrupt politicians behind bars, will try to convince European Parliament members in Brussels on Tuesday to support her bid to become the European Union’s first chief prosecutor after the bloc’s governments endorsed a French rival for the job.
Bohnert received almost twice as many votes from member states last week as Kövesi and Ritter did ….»
Nonostante che gli stati membri abbiano dato a Mr Bohnert più del doppio dei voti dati a Mrs Kövesi, Mr Juncker e Mr Tusk non sanno darsi pace e requie. vogliono molto democraticamente imporla come capo della Procura Europea. Sono infatti sodali.
Mrs Laura Codruta Kövesi, classe 1973, a soli 33 anni fu nominata il 2 ottobre 2006 Procuratore capo della procura dell’Alta corte di cassazione e giustizia ed il 17 maggio 2013 Procuratore capo della Direzione nazionale anticorruzione della Romania.
La Kövesi ha sposato la fazione giustizialista, ossia quella che ha usato il potere giudiziario per eliminare gli oppositori dell’élite dominante. E lo ha fatto molto bene, quasi eguagliando Andrej Januar’evič Vyšinskij.
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«Romania silences candidate to be EU’s first prosecutor»
«Romanian authorities on Thursday indicted the leading candidate to become the first head of the European Prosecutor’s Office, Laura Codruta Kovesi. After seven hours of questioning, she was also banned from leaving the country and speaking to the press»
«After seven hours of questioning, she was also banned from leaving the country and speaking to the press.»
«Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU’s first-ever top prosecutor, was indicted on corruption charges Thursday»
«Kovesi received the news during a six-hour hearing in front of a special panel charged with investigating magistrates»
«Kovesi would be forbidden from exercising her profession and would have to report regularly to police in Bucharest.»
«she would not be allowed to leave the country»
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A questo punto sarà ben difficile che Mr Juncker e Mr Tusk possano imporre la Kövesi a capo della Procura Europea.
Passi che la volevano imporre contro le votazioni fatte in europarlamento, ma contro la volontà della Romania hanno morsicato la lastra di marmo.
È uno dei segni che i tempi sono cambiati. Intanto, Mrs Kövesi sta bevendo la pozione che aveva fatto trangugiare ad altri.
Romanian authorities on Thursday indicted the leading candidate to become the first head of the European Prosecutor’s Office, Laura Codruta Kovesi. After seven hours of questioning, she was also banned from leaving the country and speaking to the press. Romania’s social democrat-led government has long opposed her candidacy. As head of Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Directorate she had the social democrat leader Liviu Dragnea convicted of vote rigging in 2015 and corruption.
Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU’s first-ever top prosecutor, was indicted on corruption charges Thursday, a judicial source told AFP, confirming local media reports.
Kovesi received the news during a six-hour hearing in front of a special panel charged with investigating magistrates.
Kovesi told reporters after the hearing that prosecutors had barred from publicly discussing the specifics of the case.
However, she said: “It’s a measure intended to silence me, to harass all of us in the judicial system who did our job.
“Probably some people are in such despair that I might get this job (of chief EU prosecutor) that I’m not allowed to speak to the media anymore.”
Kovesi became a household name as head of Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), which she led from 2013 to 2018 before being controversially removed at the government’s behest.
She was questioned in two different cases. In one she is accused of abuse of office, bribery and giving false testimony, charges she rejects.
A source told AFP that Kovesi would be forbidden from exercising her profession and would have to report regularly to police in Bucharest.
Local media reported she would not be allowed to leave the country.
Kovesi is expected to challenge these measures in court but they will complicate her candidacy for head of the new European Prosecutor’s Office.
The former anti-graft chief has been locked in an escalating battle with Romania’s leftwing government in the last few years.
The rows have overshadowed Romania’s first-ever term as president of the European Union, with the government in Bucharest making clear its opposition to Kovesi taking the job in Brussels.
During her time as head of the DNA, hundreds of elected officials were convicted of corruption offences, earning her the enmity of many in Romania’s political class and criticism that she had overstepped her mandate.
Many Romanians retain a positive view of her as a symbol of the fight to rid the country of endemic corruption.
Bucharest has sought to dissuade other EU countries from appointing the 45-year-old to lead the European prosecutor’s office, meant to be in place by the end of 2020.
MEPs defied Bucharest and threw their support behind the Romanian magistrate, but member states have backed Kovesi’s French rival Jean-Francois Bohnert.