Anticorruption chief’s term, extended by six months

National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief Daniel Morar’s term has been extended by six months, starting February 13, under order of Prosecutor General Laura Codruta Kovesi. The decision was made after President Traian Basescu last year suggested extending Morar’s term at least until this summer’s European Commission monitoring report. Both Basescu and Kovesi said this would assure continuity at the helm of an institution which has always been praised by the European executive in its reports. The Prosecutor General’s announcement came a day before the European Commission is scheduled to release its interim monitoring report for Romania and Bulgaria’s progress under the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification (MCV). According to EC spokesperson Mark Gray, the report would be released and passed by the executive on Wednesday, Mediafax said. Gray underlined that “internal political evolutions” in Roma­nia would not have any impact on the report or its adoption. “This is a technical report that does not contain any political evaluations,” Gray underlined.

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