Former National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi (photo) has received most votes in the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament on Wednesday, one day after winning also the confidence of the CONT Committee.
Domestic reactions were not late to appear.
Cristina Tarcea, chairman of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court): “I’ve always enjoyed any Romanian’s success. Unfortunately there are lots of Romanians who remain anonymous although they do a great job and are appreciated abroad, but nobody talks about them at home. I can only wish her luck further on.”
Liviu Dragnea, PSD chairman has refused to comment the LIBE Committee vote. He replied “I don’t speak English,” he replied to a foreign journalist.
ALDE leader Calin Popescu Tariceanu said the vote was a perfect proof that the political factor intervenes in making choices: “It’s the perfect example from the European Parliament, which is very generous in teaching us that the political factor should not interfere with justice. Today was a perfect demonstration on the way the political factor interferes in making choices.”
PSD Senate deputy speaker Claudiu Manda: “I understand that political vote is allowed at European level. She should investigate all of them in the same way she did in Romania. Had I been an MEP, I would have voted 100% against her.”
PSD MEP Gabriela Zoana, member of LIBE Committee: “Many deputies missed the hearings. Some of them have been replaced. It’s the option of the present MEPs. Some voted emotionally. (…) It is not a strictly professional decision, made after analyzing the professional file of every candidate.”
PNL leader Ludovic Orban: “Yesterday and today, Romania has won two remarkable victories in the European Parliament, in the CONT and LIBE Committees. (…) I congratulate the PNL MEPs and our EPP partners for the outstanding effort to achieve these victories. I stress that on Wednesday, in the LIBE Committee, five PNL MEPs representing the EPP, although they are not members of the LIBE Committee, have voted in favour of the Romanian candidate.”
Orban has urged the Government and the PSD-ALDE ruling coalition to stop any attempts to block the coming procedures involving Laura Codruta Kovesi in taking over the European Prosecutor position.