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October 23, 2021

PM Ciolos on DNA head statement about CVM: We must learn to live responsibly without foreign support

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos says that he understands National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief Laura Codruta Kovesi when she voiced her being in favour of the European Commission maintaining the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), but that he believes that the Romanian society “can support its rights and expectations, including by endorsing the DNA activity.”

“I understand Mrs Kovesi, but I believe that the Romanian society has proved that it can support its rights and expectations, including by endorsing the DNA activity. We must learn to live responsibly without foreign support, to begin to have self-confidence,” Ciolos wrote in a Facebook post, in response to a comment referring to a statement of the DNA chief prosecutor who voiced her being in favour of the CVM being maintained.

The DNA head, Laura Codruta Kovesi, told Digi 24 private broadcaster on Wednesday, that she approved of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism being kept in place.

“I don’t know what political consequences there are, but I, as magistrate, can tell you that this CVM has been extremely useful for us and, if it continues, if the European Commission decides that it should continue, we shall continue to be extremely cooperative and I am positive that all the evaluations to be made will be as objective. In my point of view, this mechanism has blocked many times certain initiatives that wanted to restrict the investigation instruments or wanted to restrict DNA powers. (…) Each time, this CVM brought into discussion the support of the European institutions (…) for keeping up the progress made so far. From this perspective, I agree on the CVM being kept in place,” Kovesi said.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Wednesday told his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte that the Romanian society is capable of undertaking the fight against corruption and securing justice independence “without being monitored from the outside.”

“At this lunch, we had time today to go into details about the political situation in Romania, the economic stability that we have, the maturity of the Romanian society which is capable of undertaking, on its own, without being monitored from outside, certain responsibilities, including the fight against corruption and [securing] justice independence. The Romanian society has already proven this lately and this kind of arguments are also important in the position our European partners will take, including in terms of the kind of political decisions [the accession to the Schengen area],” Ciolos told a joint news conference with Rutte.

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