European Commission – concerned about revocation procedure of the Prosecutor General

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The European Commission has sent a message, on Thursday, reading that the revocation procedure of the Prosecutor general Augustin Lazar, proposed by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, generates concern.

The European Commission, together with other international partners and the Member States has repeatedly stressed that the independence of the judicial system and its capacity to effectively fight corruption are of major importance. After the procedure against the National Anticorruption Directorate chief prosecutor a few months ago, the procedure against the Prosecutor General generates concern. Sound and independent procedures for revoking and appointing high ranking prosecutors have always been a key element in our recommendations. The Commission will approach the general situation in Romania in the next Cooperation and Verification Mechanism report, on November 13, a European Commission spokesman said on Thursday.

Justice Minister, Tudorel Toader, announced on Wednesday that he is initiating the procedure to dismiss Romania’s Prosecutor General, Augustin Lazar. Minister Toader presented an assessment report of Lazar’s activity as the Prosecutor General, containing 20 reasons to have him revoked.

General Prosecutor Augustin Lazar said Wednesday evening that Toader’s assessment report is actually the answer of the Executive to the Venice Commission’s opinion.

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