Timmermans, Verhofstadt endorse Kovesi for the European chief prosecutor position

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First vice-president of the European Committee, Frans Timmermans, has asked on Monday evening the continuation of the anti-corruption efforts in Romania, while praising Laura Codruta Kovesi’s activity and efforts in fighting corruption. The former head of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) is running for the European chief prosecutor position.

In an stance to Euronews, Timmermans warned that there can be no relenting in the anti-corruption fight in Romania and voiced against any potential amnesty law for the corrupt politicians.

There can be no relenting in the fight against corruption in Romania. There can be no amensty for corrupt politicians who have been convicted before  the courts.

I have been quite brutal with the Romanians on this and I will continue to be clear on that.

Fighting against corruption Kovesi did an excellent job over these years, so she is a very good prosecutor. The only thing I could testify is that I’e seen her at work and I think she is an excellent prosecutor. She’s done a very courageous job in Romania,” Timmermans stated.

Previously on Monday, the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe ALDE in the European Parliament , Guy Verhofstadt, has sent a letter to the EP President, Antonio Tajani, asking him to protect the integrity of the selection procedure to appoint the chief of the upcoming European Prosecutor’s Office and to guarantee the full participation of Laura Codruta Kovesi.

Verhofstadt posted on Twitter that „in light of the attacks by the Romanian Government against Laura  Codruta Kovesi, Sophie I’nt Veld & I have jointly written to @EP_President, calling on him to defend the integrity of the selection process for the EU’s public prosecutor & to guarantee Mrs Kovesi can fully participate.”

We are dismayed at the attacks against one of the selected candidates for the European Chief Prosecutor pursued by the Romanian authorities- and are concerned that they risk to undermine the integrity of the selection process.

It has been shocking to learn that a subpoena issued against Mrs Kovesi just after her shortlisting could prevent her from attending the hearings by the European Parliament.

It is the obligation of this house not to pre-empt the outcome of the hearings to be held at the end of February and to guarantee a fair process towards all three candidates.

Therefore, we would like to ask you to raise your voice in defence of the integrity of the selection process and to urge Romanian authorities to guarantee that Mrs Kovesi can fully participate in the hearings and appear before the European Parliament. As long as she had not been charged with anything, let alone convicted, she cannot be deprived of her rights,” the letter signed by the ALDE leaders.

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