Laura Codruta Kovesi, candidate for the leadership of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, will be heard by the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee at the end of February, with the selection process set to be finalised by the end of March, National Liberal Party (PNL) MEP Siegfried Muresan has told MEDIAFAX.
“The letter of the law only says that the Parliament and Council confirm the European Prosecutor. Now, since there is no precedent, the technicalities are being established and the hearing of the candidates should take place within the European Parliament’s special committee on February 25 or 26. Most likely on February 26,” MEP Siegfried Muresan has stated for MEDIAFAX.
The LIBE committee is the main committee handling the hearings, Muresan has added, while the Budget Committee is associated to the hearings.
“The format of the hearings as well as the precise voting procedure must be precisely decided. (…) The vote will take place within the special committees, then the vote within the plenary will take place. In parallel, there is the process within the Council of the EU, at the level of Justice Ministers, with the objective of finalising this process as rapidly as possible. The objective is to finalise it by the end of March,” Muresan added.
According to the European Parliament’s timetable, the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) convenes at 4 p.m. on February 25, and at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on February 26.
Laura Codruta Kovesi, former head of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), is on the short list of three prosecutors who are running for the helm of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, according to information relayed to EP President Antonio Tajani and to Tudorel Toader, the latter in his capacity as Justice Minister of the country holding the presidency of the Council of the EU.