The US Embassy has sent a reaction to the revocation of National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, in a reply sent to ziare.com.
“The US Embassy reaffirms its long-time commitment to support Romania’s fight against corruption. Romania is a regional model in regard to the fight against corruption. We call on Romania to maintain and support its strong institutions in the fight against corruption,” the message reads.
On the other hand, the European Commission could reassess the conclusion regarding the sustainability of the anti-corruption fight in Romania.
“We do not comment on the national courts decisions or their enforcement. As you know, we have repeatedly stressed that the independence of the judiciary in Romania and its capability to effectively fight against corruption are of utmost importance. This is the key element of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) reports. The Commission was clear, in successive CVM reports, that the capability of the National Anticorruption Directorare to keep up the achievements in difficult environment is an important signal of sustainability. Had this route in the fight against corruption be questioned, the Commission would have to reassess the conclusion,” the EC spokesman has said.
Presidency spokesperson, Mădălina Dobrovolschi, has 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.
“The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, emphasizes that the fight against corruption must not, in any case, be abandoned or slowed down. Corruption affects the lives of every citizen and the development of Romania. Public money cannot be used for personal or group purposes, and the misappropriation of public resources and the blocking of anti-corruption fight translate into lack of hospitals, schools, motorways, and efficient public administration.
The President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, points out that regardless of the name of the chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate, this institution has the obligation to continue its activity in a professional way at the highest level of performance,” spokesperson Mădălina Dobrovolschi has announced on Monday.