JUSTICE POLITICS

PSD MEP responds to ALDE Europe leader: Guy Verhofstadt is asking us to infringe upon Romanian rule of law

MEP Gabriela Zoana (PSD) claims that through the request he sent to European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, Guy Verhofstadt is asking the Romanian Government to intervene in the act of justice and order prosecutors to stop collecting evidence in the Laura Codruta Kovesi case.

“I have seen that Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the ALDE members of the European Parliament, has sent European Parliament President Antonio Tajani a letter in which he – let’s not hide behind diplomatic expressions – is asking him to put pressure on the Romanian Government so that Laura Codruta Kovesi would be able to take part in the selection process for the office of European Chief Prosecutor. Basically, Guy Verhofstadt is asking the Romanian Government to intervene in the act of justice and order prosecutors to stop collecting evidence in Laura Codruta Kovesi’s case,” MEP Gabriela Zoana states, according to a PSD press release.

Antonio Tajani’s gesture is deemed by her “an attempt to infringe upon Romanian rule of law.”

“What Verhofstadt and others like him fail to understand is that Romania did not join the European Union to carry out his orders, but to be an equal member of this European family. I have also noticed that Verhofstadt is staking a lot on the fact that that Mrs Kovesi is only a suspect, not yet convicted. I want to ask the leader of European Parliament’s ALDE: if there was a candidate from his country, suspect in one or in 18 criminal dossiers, would he have backed his candidacy in a similar way? Mr Verhofstadt’s statement rather seems an attempt to intimidate the Romanian act of justice. But if Verhofstadt thought to solve Mrs Kovesi’s problem by himself, by pressuring the Government, maybe he would also think how to solve her other problem: the former DNA Chief’s lack of eligibility. To take part in that selection procedure, Mrs Kovesi needs the professional rank of prosecutor employed at a prosecutor’s office attached to the tribunal equivalated to that of prosecutor employed at the High Court of Justice. Depechez-vous, Monsieur Guy Verhofstadt,” Gabriela Zoana concludes.

ALDE Europe leader Guy Verhofstadt sent EP President Antonio Tajani a letter asking him to protect the integrity of the selection process for the leadership of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and to guarantee Laura Codruta Kovesi’s full participation.

“In light of the Romanian Government’s attacks against Laura Kovesi, Sophie in’t Veld and I have today jointly written to the EP President, calling on him to defend the integrity of the selection process for the EU’s public prosecutor and to guarantee Mrs Kovesi can fully participate,” Guy Verhofstadt wrote on Twitter on Monday.

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