The first round of negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on the appointment of the first EU chief prosecutor, a competition in which former DNA chief Laura Codruta Kovesi is running, has ended on Wednesday without results. Sources from European Parliament have told hotnews.ro that new talks are scheduled next week.
Negotiations have just begun, the next talks will be on March 27, the quoted sources said.
Kovesi won the vote in the LIBE and CONT Committees of the European Parliament for the head position of the European Prosecutor’s Office. She received the most votes, followed by French candidate Jean-François Bohnert and German Andrés Ritter. This is the mandate with which the European Parliament negotiates with the EU Council about who will be the future head of the European Prosecutor’s Office.
Under the procedures, if the European Parliament designates a candidate other than the one nominated by the COREPER Council – which has happened – negotiations will be held between the two institutions and then the Council will have to give a final vote.
On the other hand, the COREPER (EU ambassadors of the 22 states) opted for prosecutor Jean-Francois Bohnert (France). He received 50 points, on an indicative vote in the COREPER Council. Laura Kovesi (Romania) and Andres Ritter (Germany) got 29 votes in that indicative vote on February 20.
Diplomatic sources closer to EU negotiators have told hotnews.ro that the appointment of a European Chief Prosecutor should be done fairly quickly so that he/she can organize the work of the next European Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) by November 2020.