Grindeanu, on Kovesi and Lazar’s activity assessment: I trust it to be fairly done

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu declared on Tuesday that it is natural to find out the Justice Minister’s conclusions following the evaluation of the activity of National Anti-corruption Directorate Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi and Attorney General Augustin Lazar before being made public, adding that he is confident that it will be the correct one.

“I am telling you what I have been stating in recent days, namely that when I chose and I proposed Mr. Tudorel Toader I did it because I trust him, I trust his skills, his professionalism. (…) He is beyond doubt professionally, a view shared even by Opposition representatives. (…) All these arguments reinforce my statements in recent weeks, namely that he is the one to carry out this assessment, in observance of the law and the Constitution (…). We’ll see how they will turn out. (…) It is natural that I find out before the press conference about his assessment. I do not know when the press conferences is scheduled, that is less important.What is important is that this assessment be (…) achieved by a man who has this stature, ” said Sorin Grindeanu on air at Europa FM radio broadcaster.

The prime minister stressed that it does not fall within his attributions to make assessments on chief prosecutors, but it is the Minister of Justice’s job.

Asked whose idea it was to assess Kovesi’s and Lazar’s activity, Grindeanu replied: “This is not whether I have ideas or not, it’s about fulfilling the job’s tasks.”

Referring to a possible link between the Justice Ministry – level assessment and the DNA opening the case on the elaboration of the government emergency ordinance (GEO) no.  13, the prime minister said that ”the link is determined by the Constitutional Court”.

“For everyone in this country the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) decisions are mandatory. I hope nobody in Romania contests them. We didn’t have detailed discussions, I keep telling you that, it is not my job as prime minister to do that (e.n. the link mentioned before) and assessments are not among my prerogatives. These are the Minister of Justice’s prerogatives. And as I was saying, I trust him to carry out this assessment as fairly as possible, ” Grindeanu further declared.

The conclusions regarding the activity of Attorney General Augustin Lazar and DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi will be presented on March 29, during a press conference, the Minister of Justice, Tudorel Toader, announced Monday.

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