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May 12, 2021

Cazanciuc: Romania makes headway in fighting corruption

Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc holds that, given its indictment and definitive sentencing portfolio, Romania, does its duty with respect to the fight against corruption. Cazanciuc made the statement at the opening conference Monday of the   project entitled “Promoting an exchange of good practices in detecting, investigating and sanctioning corruption deeds in the EU”, organized by the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA). “For those who wonder what’s going on next, the message is plain and clear: We have here the leadership team of prosecutor’s office units, whose priorities include cracking down on high level corruption and serious crimes. As justice minister, I will be alongside this team, in order to make sure that the course of measures taken in the past couple of years is an irreversible one. This is actually the pledge all of us took through the National Anti-Corruption Strategy,” the justice minister said, who added that, provided the anti-corruption fight is efficient, Romania will prove attractive to investors.  Cazanciuc also said that international inter-agency cooperation, too, is crucial for receivable recovery, with the Justice Ministry playing a major role in it, given the National Office for Prevention of Criminality and Cooperation for Recovery of Illegal Receivables (ARO Romania) has been a ministerial structure for nearly two years.

In her turn, Laura Codruta Kovesi, chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), stated that apart from investigating corruption cases, also important is solving them in reasonable time and issuing deterring sanctions against criminals. Kovesi pointed out that it is equally important to investigate the cases of high-level corruption and those of “petty corruption” or “counter corruption” that affect the citizens’ day-to-day lives. At the same time, the head of the DNA pointed out that the investigation of high-level corruption cases is also connected to overcoming obstacles that have to do with the legal protection offered to some public offices.

Attorney General Tiberiu Nitu, also present at the event, underscored that the Romanian institutions that are involved in preventing and combating corruption are functional and represent, in his opinion, a model for other states. France’s attorney general Jean-Claude Marin, Spain’s Catalan Police’s chief commissioner Josep Lluis Trapero, head of the International Anticorruption Academy (IACA) Martin Kreutner, as well as dozens of other representatives of EU institutions whose prerogatives are to combat corruption also took part in the opening conference of the “Promoting good practices in detecting, investigating and sanctioning acts of corruption within the EU” project, a conference organized by the DNA.

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