The President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani has posted on Friday a message of support for Laura Codruta Kovesi.
“Concerned by news that Laura Codruţa Kövesi has been placed under judicial control. @Europarl_EN stands by its candidate for European Public Prosecutor. I’ll raise the issue at the EP group leaders’ meeting next Wednesday,” Tajani wrote.
The post from Tajani has been also shared on Twitter by the EPP group, the largest political group in the European Parliament.
On the other hand, the European Commission informs on Friday that it follows with deep concern the developments regarding the rule of law in Romania and stressed that it should redirect the reform process on the right track, meaning progress not steps back.
Margaritis Schinas, head spokesperson for the European Commission, has made a public statement on Friday with direct reference to the activity of the Section for Investigating Magistrates.
“As I said before, the European Commission follows with great concern the developments regarding the rule of law in Romania and has stressed that Romania should urgently redirect the reform process on the right track. This means progress and not steps back, also it needs to abstain from any steps cancelling the progress during the past years,” Schinas said.
The EC spokesman added that the Commission urges the Government and the Romanian authorities to observe the principle of sincere cooperation in regard to the selection procedure of the European chief prosecutor. All candidates should participate undisturbed to the selection process, he said, europafm,ro informs.
Schinas added that the Commission has taken note of the prosecutor’s decision to close down, due to lack of evidence, the procedures against several EC officials, stressing that Romanian authorities have no jurisdiction on such issues.
Position on the referendum
Regarding the referendum announced by President Klaus Iohannis on May 26, the European Commission says that referendums are a matter concerning the Member States. The Commission always respected the democratic will of the people. The position on the subject of the referendum, on the reforms of the judiciary and on the deterioration of the general situation rule of law in Romania is very well known, the spokesman said.
Schinas has also confirmed that EC Vice-president Frans Timmermans and Prime Minister Viorica Dancila have had a phone conversation on the two emergency ordinances regarding the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, agreeing to continue technical discussions.
Manfred Weber wants debate in European Parliament
The leader of the EPP group in the European Parliament wants a debate in the next plenary, if the authorities in Romania do not give up the procedures against Laura Codruta Kovesi. Weber reacted on Twitter.
“I am very concerned about the media reports on the legal proceedings against Laura #Kövesi, the @Europarl_EN candidate to become EU Public Prosecutor. This is totally unacceptable in Europe and unprecedented for an acting #Council presidency of the EU.
I appeal to the other Council members to speak out against this and the European Commission to guarantee that this selection procedure is fair and independent. We expect a strong reaction from the responsible Commission Vice-President,
If the legal proceedings against Ms Kövesi are not undone, we will ask for a debate in the next plenary session of the European Parliament. We also urgently call on the @PES_PSE and @ALDEParty to speak out against their sister parties in the Romanian government,” Manfred Weber wrote on Friday.
Former National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi has been charged and placed under judicial control on Thursday by the Special Section for Investigating Magistrates. She has also been banned to leave the country and to work for the Prosecutor’s Office.