PSD MEP Victor Bostinaru says the CVM has led to abuses and terrible things in Romania
PSD MEP, Victor Bostinaru, claims the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) has led to abuses in Romania in the past years, claiming also that he has ‘serious questions’ regarding the positive role of the instrument.
Bostinaru says the (EC) decisions on CVM have had a ‘exclusively political’ motivation in the past years. “It very unlikely that the decisions regarding the CVM to be based only on the constitutional revocation of Mrs. Kovesi (from the National Anticorruption Directorate, DNA helm – our note) and even more unlikely regarding the recent legislative amendments. The decisions regarding the CVM have had in the past years an exclusively political motivation and, if the mechanism would be withdrawn, the decision would be political and, if it is decided it will remain, it will also be political,” Victor Bostinaru has told RFI Romania on Tuesday.
He had been asked if Kovesi’s dismissal would not give reason to the European Commission to maintain the CVM.
The social-democrat MEP also said that the CVM has led to the ‘abuses’ and ‘terrible things’ in Romania. He added he has “serious questions regarding the validity and positive role of CVM on certain components.”
Presidency spokesperson, Mădălina Dobrovolschi, announced Monday morning, at Cotroceni Palace, in a press statement, that President Klaus Iohannis has signed the decree to revoke the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor Laura Codruţa Kovesi in line with the Constitutional Court decision.
In a press statement held right after the Presidency announced her revocation, Laura Codruta Kovesi said that her mandate ends as of today, arguing the revocation decree raises a big question mark and urging her colleagues within the National Anti-corruption Directorate to continue the fight against corruption.
“Starting today, I will no longer work with the DNA. I will remain prosecutor,” Kovesi said during the conference.