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Affaire Kövesi. Financial Times così furibondo da pubblicare senza blocchi.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-04-02.

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Il caso di Mrs Laura Kövesi è, o dovrebbe essere, noto.

Unione Europea. Quella cesta di serpi velenosi vorrebbe colpire ancora.

Bruxelles. Laura Kövesi. Ricordatevi bene questo nome.

«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 ….»

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Per il posto di capo della procura europea il Consiglio Europeo aveva votato a larga maggioranza il candidato francese Mr Jean-François Bohnert.

La candidata Mrs Laura Codruta Kövesi, trentatreenne, era invisa alla Romania, sua terra nativa: arrivata appena giovinetta a capo della procura rumena, aveva incriminato un largo numero di persone invise alla fazione da lei rappresentata. Si era diportata in modo tale da essere destituita da tale alta carica. Del tutto sequenziale che la Romania non ne volesse sapere di questa candidatura.

Ma Mrs Laura Codruta Kövesi è la candidata in pectore di Mr Juncker, di Mr Tusk e degli ambienti che esprimono codesti uomini politici.

Incuranti del voto emesso dal Consiglio Europeo, Mrs Laura Codruta Kövesi è stata votata da questo europarlamento a fine mandato: con metà aprile dovrebbe infatti cessare i lavori, ed il parlamento che uscirà dalle prossime elezioni dovrebbe essere a composizione ben differente.

«Ms Kovesi is the European Parliament’s preference to lead the EU prosecutor’s office, while EU member states have opted for the French candidate, Jean-François Bohnert. Negotiations between representatives from both sides this week ended in deadlock.»

Il colpo di mano di Mr Juncker e di Mr Tusk ha subito un’inaspettata battuta di arresto. Un europarlamento eletto cinque anni or sono non ha diritto di ignorare la volontà espressa dai capi di stato e di governo attuali, ed anche a larghissima maggioranza.

Romania. Arrestata Laura Kövesi, candidata di Juncker a capo della Procura Europea.

Il tribunale rumeno preposto a giudicare i magistrati ha fatto arrestare Mrs Laura Codruta Kövesi, contestandole pesanti accuse, che vanno dalla corruzione, all’abuso di potere, fino all’alto tradimento. Se comprovate, come peraltro sembrerebbe, si potrebbe arrivare anche all’ergastolo.

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La portata di questi accadimenti è comprovata dal fatto che il Financial Times è uscito con un lungo articolo ad accesso pubblico, fatto inusuale perché di norma gli articoli di questa testata sono accessibili esclusivamente agli abbonati.

Se negli anni passati Mr Juncker e Frau Merkel erano riusciti ad imporre la candidatura Tusk, che nella Polonia sua patria è considerato essere un traditore, questa volta sembrerebbero non essere riusciti in una operazione analoga.

Hanno sicuramente una maggioranza in questo parlamento europeo, ma non è assolutamente detto che la mantengano anche in quello subentrante.

La magistratura ed i tribunali europei sembrerebbero essere destinati a rimanere l’ultima roccaforte liberal socialista, ma l’arresto di Mrs Kövesi evidenzia come ci si possa opporre anche a questa forza.

La risultante è un quadro ingarbugliato e complesso.

Pochi giorni or sono il ppe ha sospeso il Fidesz, il partito di Mr Orban, e lo ha fatto facendo approvare un proclama che sintetizza l’ideologia liberal socialista. Ma così facendo il ppe ha perso i deputati ungheresi, che sarebbero stati quanto mai utili per la supposta elezione di Herr Weber a Presidente della Commissione.

La volontà di offendere e cercar di umiliare gli stati membri sembrerebbe essere tutto tranne che un cementante dell’Unione Europea.

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Financial Times. 2019-03-30. EU warns Romania over clampdown on former anti-corruption chief

Restrictions on Laura Codruta Kovesi could hobble her push to lead Brussels’ anti-graft body.

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The EU has warned Bucharest over a tightening legal clampdown on Laura Codruta Kovesi, the former head of Romania’s anti-corruption agency, that could hobble her chance to lead a new pan-European anti-graft body. The European Commission said on Friday that it was “crucial” all candidates were treated fairly in the race to head the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, which has pitted Ms Kovesi against a French rival. The comments came after Romanian authorities placed Ms Kovesi under “judicial control”, which means she is banned from speaking to the media or leaving the country without permission. The government in Bucharest fired her last year, and she has since been under investigation for alleged corruption. “It is crucial that all candidates, put forward by an independent selection panel, are treated fairly in the course of this process,” a European Commission spokesman said of the contest to head the EU prosecutor’s office. “All candidates need to be able to participate in all the steps of the selection procedure unhindered.” The restrictions on Ms Kovesi were announced on Thursday after she was questioned by Romanian prosecutors for almost seven hours. Earlier this month, on the same day that the European Parliament nominated Ms Kovesi to lead the EU prosecutor’s office, Romanian authorities said they were opening a second investigation into her conduct when she was the head of Romania’s anti-corruption agency.

Ms Kovesi, who has denied any wrongdoing, said she would contest the latest moves against her in court. “This is a measure to shut me up . . . a measure to keep harassing all of us in the justice system who have done our jobs,” she told reporters on Thursday. Ms Kovesi’s fate exemplifies the growing internal tensions in the EU over alleged authoritarian creep in some central and eastern European states. Her case is more charged because Bucharest currently holds the EU council’s rotating presidency. The new European prosecutor’s office will be responsible for probing alleged frauds on EU funds, which have been central to Romania’s domestic political battles. Ms Kovesi was removed as the country’s anti-corruption chief last summer after five years in the job, during which she won plaudits at home and abroad for securing high-level convictions. Among those penalised was Liviu Dragnea, leader of the ruling Social Democrats, who was found guilty in 2015 of vote rigging and later of corruption. These convictions prevented him from becoming Romania’s prime minister. A third investigation into Mr Dragnea over alleged fraud is ongoing. He denies any wrongdoing. Ms Kovesi is being investigated in Romania by a new body set up to look into alleged misdeeds by judicial personnel. But critics say it is subject to political influence.

Ms Kovesi is the European Parliament’s preference to lead the EU prosecutor’s office, while EU member states have opted for the French candidate, Jean-François Bohnert. Negotiations between representatives from both sides this week ended in deadlock. Manfred Weber, chairman of the centre-right European People’s party and the group’s candidate to lead the European Commission, said he was “very concerned” about the new legal proceedings against Ms Kovesi. “This is totally unacceptable in Europe and unprecedented for an acting Council presidency of the EU,” he said in a tweet. Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, from the opposition Liberal party, said on Thursday that the Social Democrats had “continued the assault against the justice system which started when they took power”.

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Romania. Arrestata Laura Kövesi, candidata di Juncker a capo della Procura Europea.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-03-29.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573–1610). Die Festnahme Christi (1598) - Il bacio di Giuda. Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art.

Questo era il titolo ed il relativo incipit del Financial Times, a suo tempo.

The right woman to be Europe’s chief prosecutor

«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.»

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Di Mrs Laura Codruta Kövesi già ce ne occupammo.

Unione Europea. Quella cesta di serpi velenosi vorrebbe colpire ancora.

Bruxelles. Laura Kövesi. Ricordatevi bene questo nome.

«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 ….»

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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»

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«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»

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«After seven hours of questioning, she was also banned from leaving the country and speaking to the press.»

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«Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU’s first-ever top prosecutor, was indicted on corruption charges Thursday»

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«Kovesi received the news during a six-hour hearing in front of a special panel charged with investigating magistrates»

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«Kovesi would be forbidden from exercising her profession and would have to report regularly to police in Bucharest.»

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«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.


Eu Observer. 2019-03-29. 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. 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.

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France 24. 2019-03-29. Romania former anti-graft chief indicted

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.

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Bruxelles. Laura Kövesi. Ricordatevi bene questo nome.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-03-04.

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Di Mrs Laura Codruta Kövesi abbiamo già dovuto occuparcene.

Manco a dirlo, è la candidata dei liberal socialisti, di Mr Juncker e di Mr Tusk, alla carica di capo della Procura Europea.

Unione Europea. Quella cesta di serpi velenosi vorrebbe colpire ancora.

«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 ….»

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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.

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La lobby romena alla Ue che frena Laura Kövesi alla Procura europea

«Nelle prossime settimane Consiglio ed Europarlamento designeranno insieme il capo della nuova Procura europea, che a partire dal 2020 guiderà le inchieste sulle frodi ai danni dei fondi Ue e nell’applicazione dell’Iva. Per la prima volta, un’autorità comune avrà il potere di indagare nei 22 Paesi che aderiscono all’iniziativa. Ma la rivoluzione sarebbe doppia, se ministri e deputati facessero la cosa giusta, nominando una donna, Laura Codruta Kövesi, ex procuratrice generale della Romania, indicata da un comitato di esperti come la persona «meglio qualificata per l’incarico», dopo un processo di selezione rigoroso. Nel suo Paese Kövesi è una leggenda. Nominata a 33 anni al vertice della Procura romena, ha perseguito la corruzione pubblica senza riguardi per nessuno, facendo condannare e mandando in prigione centinaia di esponenti politici di tutti i partiti, compreso un ex primo ministro.»

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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.

Sembrerebbe non essere un caso che sia stata nominata dall’allora ministro della giustizia Monica Macovei.

«Lungă este galeria odraslelor nomenclaturii comuniste, opresori şi profitori ai regimului ceauşist, care au preluat democraţia noastră originală şi au reformat-o după chipul şi asemănarea înaintaşilor. În ultimul deceniu, asemenea personaje au făcut legea în România fiind promovate cu ostentaţie în funcţii-cheie ale statului, unde au produs mari prejudicii de imagine şi nu numai.

Tone de maculatură au fost scrise despre faimoasa Monica Luisa Macovei, ministru al Justiţiei în guvernul Tăriceanu (2005-2007). Tatăl beizadelei Macovei, Vasile Gherghescu, magistrat de profesie, a fost înalt demnitar în nomenclatura comunistă: consilier în Consiliul de Stat al Republicii Socialiste România cu sediul în confiscatul Palat Regal. Ca vrednic slujitor al regimului odios, Vasile Gherghescu a fost decorat cu Steaua Republicii prin decret semnat de preşedintele Nicolae Ceauşescu.» [Cotidianul]

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Laura Codruţa Kövesi. Non si arriva ad un simile posto di potere se non si sia presentati in modo proprio da un qualcuno ben potente in opere e parole. Serve solo avere il buon senso di schierarsi per la fazione massonica che sembrerebbe essere quella vincitrice, almeno al momento. Se poi si arrivasse a posti di vertice e responsabilità a 33 anni rimarrebbe l’alea di essere protetta da un qualche uomo, organizzazione, ben potente in opere e parole.

«Laura Codruţa Kövesi, a tough assault on Masonry Chief of Judicial Inspection: “He was part of Masonry and did not write in the declaration of interests”

At the same time, he accuses his head, Lucian Netejoru, that he did not pass on to the wealth declaration his belonging at a time to a Masonic organization.

“The act was prescribed, but we have told the SCM this. The Head of the Judicial Inspection did not pass the declaration of interests that he was part of Masonry, “Laura Codruta Kövesi said in an interview with Europa FM.»

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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,quasieguagliando Andrej Januar’evič Vyšinskij.

Nel 2013 Mr Victor Ponta, primo ministro, nominò Mrs Kövesi a capo della Dna, Direzione Nazionale Anticorruzione. La Kövesi ricambiò fiducia e piacere rimandando a giudizio il premier Ponta.

La Kövesi fu coinvolta nello scandalo di sospetto plagio della sua tesi di dottorato: Băsescu affermò che nel 2012 Kövesi avrebbe minacciato di arresto un funzionario della procura nel caso in cui fossero riprese le indagini sulle accuse di plagio della propria tesi di dottorato.

«A distanza di 4 anni, il 25 settembre 2016 l’ex parlamentare PSD Sebastian Ghiţă si autodenunciò alla procura dell’Alta corte, dichiarando di aver partecipato con altri funzionari alla falsificazione del rapporto della commissione tecnica del CNE che aveva scagionato la Kövesi nel 2012. Fu aperta, quindi, un’indagine per falso ideologico, mentre il gruppo d’inchiesta politica in ottobre chiese una nuova verifica della tesi al Consiglio nazionale di accreditamento dei titoli, dei diplomi e dei certificati universitari (CNATDCU), divenuto competente in materia dopo la dismissione del CNE nel 2015. Il 17 novembre 2016 la Commissione di etica dell’Università dell’Ovest di Timișoara trasmise il proprio parere al CNATDCU, sostenendo che la denuncia fosse fondata, poiché diverse parti della tesi erano simili ad altre fonti non citate» [Fonte]

Nel febbraio 2018 il ministro della giustizia Tudorel Toader richiese pubblicamente la rimozione di Laura Codruța Kövesi: Il PSD ottenne la revoca dell’incarico del procuratore capo della Direzione nazionale anticorruzione nel luglio 2018.

Non menzioniamo poi il caso Black Cube, ove Mrs Laura Codruţa Kövesi si trovò impelagata con gli agenti del Mossad, gente tranquilla e per nulla permalosi

«Ghiță affermò che Coldea e Kövesi fossero ufficiali dei servizi segreti di un paese alleato, motivo per cui Coldea era interessato a proteggere l’incarico del procuratore capo della DNA» [Fonte]

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A questo punto dovrebbe essere lampante il perché Mr Juncker e Mr Tusk vorrebbero imporre Mrs Kövesi a capo della procura.

Mr Obama fece insignire la Kövesi del premio “Donna coraggiosa della Romania”.

Adesso stiamo pazientemente aspettando l’evoluzione della situazione.

Nota.

Se nominata, la Kövesi potrebbe ‘indagare’ anche in Italia.

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Unione Europea. Quella cesta di serpi velenosi vorrebbe colpire ancora.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-03-01.

Fossa dei Serpenti

Stanno accadendo fatti sempre più gravi.

«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 Kovesi, 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 Kovesi and Ritter did ….

The administration in Bucharest has followed its regional counterparts in Hungary and Poland in pursuing an overhaul of its legal system despite criticism from opposition figures and the EU officials that it’s undermining the rule of law. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said Kovesi isn’t Romania’s proposal for European prosecutor.» [Bloomberg]

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Quanto sta succedendo segue un ben preciso copione.

I burocrati di Bruxelles ed i liberal socialisti sono sempre più consapevoli che con il voto di maggio perderanno gran quota del consenso elettorale. Di conseguenza, stanno facendo carte false per cercare di piazzare persone fidate in posti chiave: in questo caso il chief EU prosecutor’s office.

Per i liberal è fondamentale poter avere giudici che appartengano alla loro setta: le Corti di Giustizia europee sono strumento di dominio inappellabile, fatto che permette loro di aggirare il mancato consenso popolare.

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Si ripete quanto già accaduto con la nomina di Mr Tusk, nato polacco ma avverato dai suoi compatrioti perché traditore della Patria: Mr Juncker e Frau Merkel vollero che fosse eletto in spregio alla Polonia, rea di non voler essere loro schiava.

Adesso gli eurocrati vorrebbero imporre Mrs Laura Codruta Kovesi, rumena di nascita, quale chief EU prosecutor.

Questa signora era stata destituita dal suo posto nella magistratura rumena per abuso di potere ed attività sovversive l’ordine nazionale. Eseguiva gli ordini emanati da Bruxelles invece di ascoltare le direttive del Governo rumeno democraticamente eletto.

Non solo.

«Last November, in its yearly monitoring of Romania’s rule of law, the EU commission warned Romania against rolling back achievements in the anti-corruption fight, and putting pressure on the anti-graft office»

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«Kovesi, 45, is now being investigated by a newly-formed agency on allegations of abuse of office, bribery and perjury in Romania»

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Le elezioni risolvono molti problemi, ma quando vi siano componenti chiaramente anti-democratiche quali i liberal socialisti, la pena capitale appare necessaria e più che giustificata.


EU Observer. 2019-02-26. Romanian candidate faces battle for EU prosecutor job

The European Parliament will hear candidates on Tuesday (26 February) for the EU’s new top prosecutor job, amid ongoing demonstrations in Romania against what protesters see as the Bucharest government’s latest efforts to rein in prosecutors and curb the rule of law.

At the centre of the hearing is Romania’s Laura Codruta Kovesi, a former top anti-corruption prosecutor, who was forced out of office by the current Socialist-led government last July, which accused her of abusing her powers and damaging Romania’s image abroad.

Bucharest, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, has been actively campaigning against Kovesi – a highly unusual move in Brussels, where member states tend to push their citizens to get into top positions.

Romania’s justice minister, Tudorel Toader, who initiated Kovesi’s removal last year, earlier this month sent a letter to fellow EU ministers painting a damning picture of a prosecutor out of control.

During Kovesi’s five-year tenure at the helm of Romania’s National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), hundreds of officials and politicians had been convicted for high-level graft, which irked the political ruling class but earned her praise from the EU.

Kovesi, 45, is now being investigated by a newly-formed agency on allegations of abuse of office, bribery and perjury in Romania. Several MEPs expressed dismay at Romanian authorities’ attempt to block Kovesi’s candidacy.

Last November, in its yearly monitoring of Romania’s rule of law, the EU commission warned Romania against rolling back achievements in the anti-corruption fight, and putting pressure on the anti-graft office.

One of the planned measures that the commission has repeatedly warned against is a proposal by justice minister Toader to allow politicians and others convicted of corruption since 2014 to challenge the verdicts, essentially meaning an amnesty.

Such legislation would benefit Liviu Dragnea, the all-powerful leader of the ruling Social Democrat Party who was sentenced last year to three and a half years in prison for abuse of office. Kovesi’s agency was key in the prosecution.

Dragnea is barred from serving as prime minister for an earlier case of election fraud.

In the latest round of protests in Romania, demonstrators went to the streets over the weekend against an emergency decree they say will further undermine anti-corruption efforts, while prosecutors and judges vowed to strike in protest at the measures.

Defending EU funds

The EU parliament’s civil liberties and budget control committee on Tuesday will hear from the three candidates who run for the chief EU prosecutor’s office.

The aim of the EU’s new chief prosecutor is to fight cross-border financial crime more efficiently and oversee the spending of EU money.

The office will be independent of EU and national authorities, making it a powerful position – especially with regards to countries where the government has been accused of misusing EU funds.

It will have the right to investigate, prosecute and bring to judgment crimes against the EU budget, such as fraud, corruption or serious cross-border VAT fraud.

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office was agreed on by member states in June 2017 with 20 countries agreeing to participate. Eventually, the Netherlands and Malta also joined in 2018.

It is planned to be operational by the end of 2020.

Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, and the UK decided not to join the new office.

After Tuesday’s hearing it is yet unclear how the parliament will choose its favourite for the position: whether it would be coordinators, top party politicians from the committee or the entire committee that will vote.

That will be decided on Tuesday, according to the parliament’s press service.

Later, either the parliament’s leadership or the entire plenary will have to back up the decision. If it is a different person than the number one candidate favoured by member states, then the parliament and the countries’ officials will have to enter into negotiations.

Last week, despite Kovesi being the number one candidate of the expert “selection” panel, EU ambassadors voted to endorse Jean-Francois Bohnert, from France, while Kovesi and a German candidate, Andres Ritter, received the same number of votes in the second place.

An EU diplomat suggested that Kovesi’s nomination has become over-politicised, which works against her.

However, the official, who wanted to remain anonymous but is familiar with the discussion among member states, said that Romania’s letter had been counterproductive in several capitals and only ignited support for Kovesi.

But the official added that it does hinder Kovesi’s prospects that her country’s government is not actively campaigning for her, but against her.

The first person who fills in a new position often sets the tone and style for the EU office itself.

The EU could decide to name Kovesi and send a strong signal to countries where top politicians are accused of misappropriating EU funds, such as Romania itself, but it could also alienate countries from the very beginning with such a controversial and bellicose prosecutor.

However, if the EU backs down from supporting Kovesi, that might embolden Romania’s ruling party and other governments that bullying does work in the EU.