Ministry of Justice begins the selection of new general prosecutor and DNA chief

The Ministry of Justicon its website the announcement for the selection of prosecutors in view of proposing candidates to the positions of general prosecutor of Romania and chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), which take into account the recommendations made by the European Commission on September 11. MJ will organise the selection of the aforementioned prosecutors at its Bucharest headquarters, during the interval September 18 – October 4 this year. The applications to one or both dignities, along with the other writs, will be personally submitted to the cabinet of the Justice Minister, by September 24, 2012.  By the date of October 1st 2012, participating prosecutors will also submit a draft about exerting the attributions specific to the position they apply for. The results of the selection will be posted at the MJ headquarters and on the internet page of the Ministry on October 4, 2012. The approved calendar may be modified depending on the number of prosecutors that will apply. MJ mentions that, in choosing the candidates for the aforementioned positions, it will take into consideration a series of “standards” like the vision on how the institution will be organised, as well as motivation, conduct and the integrity of candidates. The name of acting DNA chief Daniel Morar was mentioned as possible candidate to the position of general prosecutor, while acting general prosecutor Codruta Kovesi recently said that she has made no decision yet about running for one of the 17 leading functions in the Public Ministry where MJ will make new nominations. On the other hand, DC News announced that, following consultations between the leaders of the ruling coalition, the idea emerged about supporting the candidacy of Kovesi for DNA chief. Other alleged candidates for this job are Marius Iacob – former head of the criminal department of the ICCJ prosecutors’ office, currently first deputy general prosecutor, and Codrut Olaru, the head of the Department for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).

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