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November 29, 2022

Superior Council of Magistracy approves nomination for Prosecutor General: Augustin Lazar wishes Public Ministry’s “radical” transformation and the Revolution and “Mineriad” cases to be solved

The prosecutors’ section of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) unanimously approved on Thursday the nomination by Justice Minister Raluca Pruna of prosecutor Augustin Lazar as Prosecutor General of Romania.

The Advisory Opinion of the Section for prosecutors will be sent to the Ministry of Justice (MJ).

At the entrance of CSM, where Lazar was interviewed for this position, he stated he wishes a powerful Public Ministry, which has to be “more efficient and with more integrity, in the service of the public interest”.

Asked by the journalists about his management project, Augustin Lazar stated: “Through my project I wish to radically reform the Public Ministry, to make it more efficient and with more integrity, an institution being in the service of the public interest.  I want an institution which will be different than before, with an European appearance and with European standards”.

Lazar also said that the Revolution and “Mineriad” cases must be solved and that  Public Ministry has the needed resources to do this. “Unfortunately, we have some CEDO condemnations; we have to notice that there was no real investigation in some of the cases, or the operational level of the investigation was very low, but a real investigation doesn’t exist; the responsible persons weren’t identified and other problems also led to these condemnations. The Military Prosecution Department has very good human resources, and they have to be better organized and streamlined. They will be able to solve these cases”, Lazar stated in the front of CSM, where he is interviewed to be approved as General Prosecutor.

“Every case must be solved according to the law. If not, it seems that there is no will to solve it. There is not any case impossibly to be solved by the Public Ministry. Our colleagues are professionals and they are able to solve these cases”, Lazar also said.

Lazar’s management plan states that “for a good organization of the activity, the tasks of the Prosecution Department of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) must be distributed starting from the duties, powers and responsibilities of each person, so that each prosecutor to be valued and to make the job he knows best and to which has inclination. In the same time, “the rule of two” must be considered, meaning that for each type of activity, there are at least two qualified persons “.

Another Augustin Lazar’s proposal is to develop a clear strategy for a period of 3-5 years in relevant areas of the Public Ministry.

Lazar also proposes regular consultation with general prosecutors from the Courts of Appeal on issues of current activity, by setting up the Council of the General Prosecutors, at whose meetings to be invited the members of the Section for the CSM prosecutors, chief prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and of the National Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), the Minister of Justice, and the directors of the National Institute of Magistracy (INM).

Regarding human resources, Augustin Lazar proposes to rationalize the activity of the prosecution departments with low activity, either by dissolving them or by reducing the corresponding establishment plans.

The candidate nominated by the Minister of Justice also proposes the extension of the specially appointed prosecutors to other crime categories, such as plane crashes or the ones against cultural heritage.




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