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April 23, 2021

PM: DNA head, Prosecutor General to be appointed by CSM

Premier Victor Ponta says it would be a much better solution if the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) rather than the minister of justice was responsible for the appointment of the DNA head and Prosecutor General of Romania. Ponta explained that such a system had been introduced by ex-Justice Minister Cristian Diaconescu, currently serving as presidential adviser, but Monica Macovei (PDL) had given that prerogative to the minister of justice. ‘Ministers change, prime ministers change, prosecutors general change, but a system lasting beyond politics is, in my opinion, better than one that involves the political side’, Ponta said on Realitatea TV Sunday night. He pointed out that, in the following period, the new Minister of Justice, Mona Pivniceru, would ask for candidacies for the two positions ‘in a transparent manner’, which she would then submit to CSM for an opinion. Ponta’s statement follows a demand he made at the Government meeting the day before to Mona Pivniceru to start procedures for proposing a new DNA chief and, a new Prosecutor General starting with October 1 (when Laura Codruta Kovesi’s term expires – our note). On the other hand, ‘Jurnalul National’ wrote yesterday that judge Cristi Danilet, CSM member and former adviser of Monica Macovei’s, does all he can to limit Mona Pivniceru’s prerogatives, especially concerning the appointment of the Prosecutor General and of the heads of DNA and Department for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT). ‘I have tried to outline some <good practices> for the appointment of the Prosecutor General and DNA chief under the currently applicable law. I invite you to debate, because I will soon propose to the plenary sitting of the CSM to endorse such procedure’, Danilet states in a Facebook post. According to the quoted source, the procedure that has been used so far – minister of Justice proposes, CSM issues an opinion and the president signs the decree – is not good any more.

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