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French Foreign Ministry on Kovesi’s revocation: We remain vigilant over rule of law in Romania

The spokesperson of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs retorted on the revocation of the anti-graft head Laura Codruta Kovesi, stating she had a key role in the progress achieved in the anti-corruption fight and that France will remain vigilant over the observance of rule of law in Romania.

Asked to comment the announcement of Kovesi’s revocation, the ministry’s spokesperson said: „The chief prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Directorate, Laura Codruta Kovesi, whom the French FM Le Drian (photo) met during the visit in Bucharest on April 11, had a key role in the progress achieved by Romania during the past ten years on observing the rule of law and on anti-corruption fight. We are attached to the ireversibility of these reforms. As we are only a few months before Romania takes over the Presidency of the EU Council, France, next to its European partners, will remain vigilant on the situation of the rule of law in Romania, especially within the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism,” reads a post on the Facebook page of France’s Embassy in Bucharest.

PG Kovesi’s revocation: Prosecutors are concerned

Romania’s Prosecutor General, Augustin Lazar has stated in his turn, at the sitting of the Superior Council of Magistracy where the continuation of Kovesi’s activity was being discussed, that prosecutors are concerned with this sensitive issue, adding though that won’t prevent them from  still defending the rule of law.

The rulings of the Constitutional Court are mandatory and must be enforced. Prosecutors are concerned with the situation generated, but this concern doesn’t prevent from carrying out their role to defend the rule of law,” Lazar said, adding that the next DNA chief prosecutor will have a sensitive mission that will challenge him/her to show the expertise level and the contribution which he/she can bring to an increased confidence in the institution.

On the other hand, Lazar considers delegating Kovesi on a position within the General Prosecutor’s Office

Prosecutors who are ending their activity at DNA usually continue their activity within the Public Ministry by using their experience gained at DNA. It’s very probable to think of a good activity that would also bring an added value to the Public Ministry, giving the expertise she achieved at DNA,” the PG stated.

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