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January 24, 2022

Moldovan Parliament Speaker: Romania’s Anticorruption Directorate crosses Prut River border

Moldovan Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu announced on Thursday the secondment to Chisinau of an experienced prosecutor of Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), a move facilitated by the European Union, Radio Chisinau informed.

Candu did not mention the name of the prosecutor; he mentioned, however, that the latter was going to be involved with the Prosecutor General’s Office and the National Anticorruption Center (CAN) in Chisinau by assessing corruption cases and providing expertise and propositions for legal amendments to help combating corruption in Moldova.

“Because they say (…) that DNA should cross the Prut River [border between Romania and the Republic of Moldova’, there, a ‘first swallow’ will come next week”, the Parliament Speaker stated. He added that the judiciary reform and combating corruption are among the priorities of the Parliament’s autumn session, due to start next week.

The arrival of a Romanian prosecutor with experience in combating corruption in Moldova is supported by the EU, which performed the selection, Candu said, according to Agerpres.

He added that, from his point of view, the CAN and Moldova’s National Integrity Commission should be subject to reforms, possibly scrapped, to make way for a new structure – possibly a Romanian-style DNA.

The arrival of the Romanian prosecutor to Chisinau comes amid protests in the Moldovan capital since last Sunday, when tens of people took to the streets to protest against high-level corruption following the appeal of the civic platform Dignity and Truth, an opposition movement set up by journalists, politics scholars and militants of the civil society in Moldova as a reaction to the public dissatisfaction towards political parties.

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