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November 27, 2020

Anti-corruption body chief Kovesi visits Chisinau along with European expert group

The chief of Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi arrived in Chisinau on Wednesday along with a group of 15 European experts on a mission meant to assess the main rule-of-law institutions in the Republic of Moldova, Jurnal.md publication reported.

Kovesi, at a first meeting with the Moldovan civil society tackled the independence of the judiciary amid the current political situation in Romania’s neighbour, the Chisinau-based online daily said.

 The meeting was hosted by the Moldovan National Anti-Corruption Centre (CNA), but the institution representatives did not participate. In the next days, the Romanian anti-corruption chief prosecutor will also meet CNA director Viorel Chetraru.

 The group of 15 European specialists will examine the activity of the CNA, the National Commission for Integrity, the Constitutional Court and the General Prosecution in Moldova.

They will also look into the functioning of the National Institute of Justice, the Superior Council of Magistracy, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Ombudsman and the Justice Ministry, the daily added.

 Following the visit, the Moldovan authorities will be made recommendations on the reform of the judicial system, the fight against money laundering and against corruption.

 The European experts’ visit comes amid the political crisis having faced Chisinau following a row over one billion dollars having disappeared at the end of 2014, as the amount equals 12 percent of the Moldovan gross domestic product. The people think the political class is to blame for what the news media dubbed “the robbery of the century”. Former Premier Vlad Filat, also a former leader of the Liberal Democrat Party in Moldova (PDLM) has already been detained in the file.


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