Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has talked on the phone with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Friday about Laura Codruta Kovesi‘s candidature to the European chief prosecutor office.
“In the light of the good collaboration and good understanding between the two heads of state, President Emmanuel Macron told President Klaus Iohannis that France will withdraw the bid of Jean-François Bohnert and will endorse Laura Codruța Kövesi at the helm of the European Prosecutor’s Office,” reads a Presidency’s press release.
The announcement of France backing Kovesi for this upcoming top EU position has been revealed several days ago by the media. Politico.eu reported on Wednesday, quoting Dacian Ciolos, leader of the Renew Europe group in the EP, that France will endorse the Romanian former anti-corruption head.
“The French government will inform the Council [of the EU] in the near future that they decided to support Laura Codruța Kövesi,” said Ciolos.
Rumours about Bohnert’s quitting the race for the European chief prosecutor have appeared last week. However, on July 15, Bohnert denied he is withdrawing.