Anca Jurma took office as acting Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) on Thursday, in the presence of Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar. On this occasion, she emphasised that the DNA has one major responsibility, namely to combat corruption, so the institution must remain independent and relevant, especially against the backdrop in which Romania still faces this phenomenon.
Anca Jurma when taking office as acting Chief Prosecutor of the DNA: DNA has one major responsibility – combating corruption. During my interim term, I will continue the fight that the DNA started 15 years ago
The new acting head of the DNA gave assurances that her term in office will be balanced and that during the six months she will spend at the helm of the Directorate she will continue the fight against corruption that the institution started 15 years ago.
“The DNA has a major responsibility in carrying out the mandate that the law offers: combating corruption. The DNA must remain a strong, independent and relevant institution since Romania continues to face corruption. I will try, the best I can, to have a balanced term and I will continue, along with my colleagues, the fight that the DNA started 15 years ago,” Anca Jurma stated.
The new DNA Chief Prosecutor thanked the Prosecutor General for his support, but also Laura Codruta Kovesi for her entire activity at the DNA.
The ceremony, which took place in the absence of Laura Codruta Kovesi, was attended by the Prosecutor General. Anca Jurma and Augustin Lazar made a brief press statement.
Augustin Lazar: The first priority of the DNA and of the Prosecutor General’s Office will be for the fight against corruption to firmly continue in Romania
During Thursday’s ceremony, Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar said that “the first priority of the DNA and the Prosecutor General’s Office” will be for the fight against corruption to firmly continue in Romania. He said that Anca Jurma is a prosecutor with a great deal of experience and “exactly the person” that is now needed at the DNA. Likewise, the Prosecutor General stated that one cannot forget that the reasons for Laura Codruta Kovesi’s dismissal from the helm of the DNA are generating concern among the magistrates in what regards their independence.
The Prosecutor General pointed out that Anca Jurma was appointed Chief Prosecutor of the DNA for a period of six months, adding that Jurma is an experienced prosecutor.
In a joint press statement, Augustin Lazar said that “the first priority of the DNA and of the Prosecutor General’s Office will be for the fight against corruption to firmly continue in Romania.”
The second priority, according to Lazar, is for the enforcement of anticorruption law to continue in line with the international standards and norms on the protection of fundamental rights.
“The DNA will resort to the resources it has, the human resources of professional expertise that have made this directorate one of the institutions known as providers of expertise in this field,” the Prosecutor General said.
He said that Anca Jurma is a prosecutor that has great experience in the Public Ministry, great professional training, and the right person to bring her personal contribution to confidence in the DNA: “She’s a person who enjoys approval domestically and internationally, she is what we need at this moment.”
Likewise, the Prosecutor General thanked Laura Codruta Kovesi for the DNA’s results. “I would like to thank Ms Kovesi, who has concluded her activity in this directorate, and who will continue to work within the Prosecutor General’s Office. It is a Public Ministry tradition to always capitalise on prosecutors that have expertise in a certain field, so that after they finish a term (…) their experience would be put to good use within the Public Ministry. During her terms in office, she brought the DNA into the position of provider of good practices at European level,” the Prosecutor General stated.
Likewise, the Prosecutor General stated that one cannot forget that the reasons for Laura Codruta Kovesi’s dismissal from the helm of the DNA are generating concern among the magistrates in what regards their independence.
“We cannot forget that the reasons for the dismissal generate concern among the magistrates, concern regarding their independence, their statute, the observance of the separation of powers. Nevertheless, magistrates are professionals and they fulfil the role stipulated in the Constitution, to defend the rule of law, the rights and freedoms of citizens,” Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar added.
On Monday, President Klaus Iohannis signed the decree dismissing Laura Codruta Kovesi from the office of Chief Prosecutor of the DNA, and prosecutor Anca Jurma, head of the DNA’s Service for International Cooperation and Programmes and Laura Codruta Kovesi’s former aide, was appointed acting Chief Prosecutor of the DNA.
Also on Monday, the Justice Ministry announced that it has started the selection of prosecutors in order to nominate one for the vacant office of Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate, a procedure that will end on July 30.
Dismissed on Monday from the helm of the DNA, after more than five years in office, Laura Codruta Kovesi was delegated by Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar, on Wednesday, as prosecutor within the Service for Guidance and Oversight of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice. Lazar stated that Kovesi’s prerogatives will include implementing at the level of the Public Ministry the National Anticorruption Strategy 2016-2020. Lazar took the decision several hours after the CSM’s Section for Prosecutor decided that Laura Codruta Kovesi should be prosecutor within DIICOT Sibiu, where she had worked until 2006.
Anca Jurma was, for two terms in office, Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate’s Service for International Cooperation and Programmes, and subsequently became the aide of the Chief Prosecutor of the DNA.
Anca Jurma is the daughter of Prosecutor General (1996-1997) and Constitutional Court judge (2001-2010) Nicolae Cochinescu.
Anca Jurma became DNA prosecutor in 2002, having previously worked as prosecutor within the Prosecutor General’s Office, according to her resume.
In 2000-2002, she was Chief Prosecutor of the Bureau for International Cooperation and Programmes of the Section for International Representation and Cooperation of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice. Likewise, she worked as prosecutor within the Prosecutor’s Office attached to Bucharest District 3 Court, the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the Bucharest Tribunal, and the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the Bucharest Court of Appeals.
Jurma graduated the Bucharest University’s Law Faculty in 1990, and post-university studies in Italy. She also has a Ph.D. in Law.
She is member of the Romanian delegation to the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), and Vice President of the European Anticorruption Network.
According to her resume, Anca Jurma is fluent in three foreign languages: English, French and Italian.