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May 24, 2022

France’s Prosecutor-general discusses in Bucharest with Romanian counterpart, DNA, DIICOT, CSM heads

French Prosecutor-general Jean-Claude Marin, who is on a working visit to Romania Thursday through Saturday at the invitation of his Romanian counterpart Augustin Lazar (photo R), met in Bucharest with the heads of the National Anticorruption Directorate – DNA, the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism – DIICOT and the Supreme Council of Magistrates – CSM.

Jean-Claude Marin attended on Thursday a round-table meeting at the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, with Prosecutor-general Augustin Lazar, First Deputy Prosecutor-general Laura Oprean, CSM president Mariana Ghena, members of the CSM Prosecutors’ Section, DNA chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, DIICOT chief prosecutor Daniel Horodniceanu, advisors to Romania’s Prosecutor-general, prosecutors in managing or executive positions with the Public Prosecution Office.

According to a release of the General Prosecution Office, the subjects discussed at the meeting included the organization and functioning of prosecutor’s offices and the French Superior Council of Magistracy, as well as the career, statutes, independence and professional training of the magistrates.

Talks also envisaged the need to continue cooperation between the Romanian and French judicial authorities, highlighting the excellent cooperation so far in matters such as the trafficking of cultural heritage assets, human trafficking – of minors in particular, and the fight against cross-border crime, organized crime and terrorism.

In the next stage of the visit, Jean-Claude Marin delivered on Friday a lecture on “Le Parquet européen” at the Law Faculty of the University of Bucharest. The event was attended by Ambassador of France in Bucharest Michele Ramis, Presidential Administration advisor Simina Tanasescu, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law Andra Trandafir, Romania’s Prosecutor-general Augustin Lazar, First Deputy Prosecutor-general Laura Oprean, members of the CSM Prosecutors’ Section, chief prosecutors of the specialized structures of the Public Prosecution Office, prosecutors in managing or executive positions with the Supreme Court of Justice and Cassation, DNA and DIICOT, as well as under the competence of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the Bucharest Court of Appeal.

The conference drew a numerous attendance of students from the Faculty of Law, as well as from the Romanian-American University.

Jean-Claude Marin delivered a detailed presentation of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office in terms of organization, functioning and competence of this European judicial institution whose main purpose is to combat the defrauding of European funds and protect the European Union’s financial interests.



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