Former head of the Romanian National Anti-corruption Directorate, Laura Codruta Kovesi is the favorite for the position of the European Public Prosecutor, ranking first in the selection panel organised by the expert committee after the interview last week.
“In accordance with Article 14(2) of the Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 implementing enhanced cooperation on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, the selection panel has been working intensively over recent weeks.
The selection panel is submitting to the European Parliament and to the Council the shortlist in according with Article 14(3) of Regulation EU 2017/1939 and rules VI(1) and VII(1) of the opening rules of the selection panel with the following order of prevalence: 1. Ms. Laura Codruta Kovesi (RO). 2. Mr. Jean-Francois Bohnert (FR). 3. Mr. Andres Ritter (DE).
These candidates’ qualifications and experience were ranked highest for the position of European Chief Prosecutor against the selection criteria set out in Article 14(2) of the Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 and in the vacancy notice for the position of the European Chief Prosecutor published on 18 December 2018, taking into account the very special nature of the function for which the candidates applied.
The panel took the decision at its meeting of 1 February 2019, following a vote as provided for in rule IV of the operating rules of the selection panel, ” says a letter addressed by the selection panel of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office to Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament and to Tudorel Toader, the Romanian Minister of Justice.
The European Public Prosecutor’s Office is to be operational as of 2020.
Justice minister Toader has reacted to the announcement, lobbying against Kovesi’s candidature. “I think the members of the selection panel don’t know the abuses committed by Laura Codruta Kovesi to the detriment of citizens, of the rule of law. In France or Germany, a prosecutor could not commit so many abuses for he/she would have been dismissed from the judiciary system. I will sent on Tuesday morning the Constitutional Court’s ruling on Kovesi’s dismissal to every justice minister attending the informal Council of Justice and Home Affairs,” Tudorel Toader told stiripesurse.ro.
The Guardian published an article on Tuesday, writing that Romania moves to block own candidate for EU prosecutor position, referring to Justice Minister Toader’s statement.