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February 27, 2021

CSM advances the calendar of hearings for the next chief prosecutors

The hearings of the six nominees will be held on May 8 and 9, and the consultative letters of advice will be issued on May 10.

The section for prosecutors of the Superior Council of Magistracy yesterday decided to advance by three weeks the calendar of approving the six candidates proposed by PM Ponta, in his position of interim Justice minister, for the top position of prosecutor’s offices. Last Friday, Ponta asked the CSM to modify the calendar of activities provided by the approving procedure of the nominees for the top positions in the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ), the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and the Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT). The six candidates are: Laura Codru?a Kovesi proposed as chief of the DNA, Tiberiu Nitu as chief of PICCJ, Bogdan Licu as first deputy and Codrut Olaru as deputy of the general prosecutor, Alina Bica proposed as chief of DIICOT and Elena Hosu as deputy chief prosecutor of DIICOT.Under the new calendar, the management projects will be put on public debate and the candidates will be verified during April 10-30, on May 7 the results of these phases will be analysed, on May 8 are scheduled the interviews of the candidates for the offices of general prosecutor, first deputy general prosecutor and deputy general prosecutor of PICCJ, and on May 9 those of the candidates for the offices of chief-prosecutor of the DNA, chief and deputy-chief prosecutor of DIICOT.

The consultative letters of advice will be sent by CSM to the Ministry of Justice on May 10.“The decision of the section for prosecutors was made taking in consideration the fact that the documentation which must accompany the proposals made by the minister of Justice was sent prior to the date of 30.04.2013. The section for prosecutors considered the exigencies constantly expressed by the European Commission in view of meeting the conditions of transparency and public debate of the management projects submitted by candidates within a sufficient time interval.

With this regard, the Section appreciated that – in order to provide identical treatment – the interval dedicated to this phase will be identical to that of the previous procedure,” CSM explains in a communiqué.The spokeswoman of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM), Monica Prejmereanu said for MEDIAFAX that the institution received and registered, on April 8 and 9, the documents sent by the interim minister of Justice, Victor Ponta, regarding the candidates proposed for the leading office of DNA, DIICOT and PICCJ, meaning their CVs, management projects, statements on own responsibility and statements of interests, along with a request to “compress” the working calendar in the case of the procedure of approving these proposals.

Under the initial calendar approved by CSM, the hearings of candidates were scheduled for May 28, 29 and 30, while the letters of advice were to be announced on June 3.In the context, we remind that the nomination of former general prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi for the office of DNA chief sparked a vivid discontentment among the Liberal partners in the ruling coalition, which denounced the political compromise made by the premier with President Basescu. The Liberals gave up the position of minister of Justice, preferring to leave Justice in the hands of the “binomial couple Ponta-Basescu,” as PNL leader Crin Antonescu said last week.

What Antonescu hopes

PNL president Crin Antonescu would like to see the embassies of the USA and the United Kingdom preoccupied by how high-level corruption was combatted these years, not just by who is general prosecutor or DNA chief. Answering a question asked Tuesday, after an USL meeting, about his opinion on the positions of the US and British embassies regarding the nominations of chief prosecutors made by Victor Ponta, Antonescu answered: “I believe that neither the embassy of Great Britain, nor the embassy of the United States were directly involved in this process, like the European Commission was, for instance. I am curious about what the European Commission says now, because this is where long and complicate procedures were painstakingly conceived – I avoid saying concocted. The fact that the two very preoccupied embassies – and I am glad because they are preoccupied by who leads the prosecutor’s office in Romania – hailed this thing is normal,” Antonescu mentioned.



Iliescu, conciliatory

The honorary president of PSD, Ion Iliescu believes that those who say that the chief prosecutors proposed by the premier are “Basescu’s people” is “speculation.” When he was asked to comment the allegations that the prosecutors are the people of the president, Iliescu said: “The fact that there was a certain normal relation between the head of state and the chief prosecutor does not mean that all prosecutors became the president’s people,” the honorary president of PSD mentioned.As for Kovesi, Iliescu says that someone cannot be blamed the whole life for holding a position at a certain time.


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