The Ministry of Justice announced on Friday having rejected all four bids for the position of chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), and having decided to restart the selection procedure.
“During the selection process, it was found that none of the candidates fulfilled the requirements for appointment as chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate. During the presentation of the managerial programme or the interview no candidate submitted sufficient elements of a plan based on an analysis of the current situation that would then allow an objective and transparent process of assessing managerial performance,” the Ministry of Justice explains in a press statement.
As a result, no recommendation for appointment as the DNA chief prosecutor of the candidates will be made and the procedure will be resumed, said the institution.
New selection for nomination of DNA head, on August 6
Also on Friday, the Ministry of Justice announced the beginning of a new selection procedure for the proposal of a new head of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), August 6 through September 6.
The four candidates – Florentina Mirica – chief prosecutor of DNA Anti-Corruption Department; Cristian Lazar – deputy chief prosecutor at the Criminal Investigation Section of the Attorney General’s Office; Marius Iacob – deputy DNA chief prosecutor; and Elena Grecu, chief prosecutor with the DNA central offices were interviewed on Thursday at the Ministry of Justice.
In the interview, each candidate was given approximately one and a half hour – thirty minutes to present a management project and one hour to answer questions.
The office of DNA chief prosecutor became vacant after Laura Codruta Kovesi was removed from office under a decree issued on July 9 by President Klaus Iohannis in implementing a Constitutional Court ruling.
PNL demands public explanations from Tudorel Toader: Is he waiting for a horseman of the judiciary’s apocalypse to run for DNA helm?
The Liberals claim that, through the announcement he made on Friday, Tudorel Toader has transmitted the message that “I, not the magistrates, am the judiciary,” suggesting that he is waiting for the candidacy of one “of the horsemen of the Romanian judiciary’s apocalypse, namely Eugen Nicolicea, Serban Nicolae or Florin Iordache.”
“Tudorel Toader is transmitting the message ‘I, not the magistrates, am the judiciary.’ Justice Minister Tudorel Toader’s decision to refuse nominating a candidate for the position of Chief Prosecutor of the DNA shows the political approach – in the service of PSD-ALDE – of defying the judicial system in this process. It is inadmissible for Tudorel Toader to decide not to nominate any of the four candidates that have expressed their desire to hold this office. We ask the Justice Minister to offer public explanations and to present the criteria that stood at the basis of the decision to reject all candidates. It is difficult to understand how none of the candidates met the conditions needed to be designated for the leadership of the National Anticorruption Directorate,” reads a National Liberal Party (PNL) press release.
The PNL claims that it has asked that all bids filed by the candidates eligible for the leadership of the DNA be forwarded to the Supreme Magistracy Council (CSM) for assessment, the Liberals wondering whether the Justice Minister is waiting for the candidacy “of one of the horsemen of the judiciary’s apocalypse,” namely Eugen Nicolicea, Serban Nicolae or Florin Iordache.
“The National Liberal Party has asked that all candidacies that meet the legal criteria should be forwarded to the CSM for assessment, and the selection prerogative should belong to the body that is the guarantor of the independence of the judiciary, in line with the Constitution. The Justice Minister’s role should have been to propose to the Romanian President the appointment in office of that candidate that would have obtained the CSM’s endorsement. The PNL’s proposal is in line with the European Commission’s requests, made through the CVM report, with the constitutional principles and with the law on the statute of judges and prosecutors. We wonder whether Tudorel Toader is waiting for the candidacy of one of the horsemen of the Romanian judiciary’s apocalypse, namely Eugen Nicolicea, Serban Nicolae or Florin Iordache, and the enforcement of the Soviet principle according to which ‘we resume the procedure until it goes our way,’” reads the Liberals’ press release.