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Chief European Prosecutor candidate Laura Codruta Kovesi to be heard by EP’s LIBE Cttee

Chief European Prosecutor candidate Laura Codruta Kovesi will be heard by European Parliament’s LIBE Committee on Tuesday, February 26. According to LIBE Committee Chairman Claude Moraes, each candidate will be heard for 75 minutes.

LIBE Committee Chairman Claude Moraes has passed on to the committee members details on the hearing of the candidates for the office of Chief European Prosecutor, according to the message obtained by MEDIAFAX. Thus, each candidate will be heard for 75 minutes, and two thirds of the time will be allocated for questions and answers.

Claude Moraes’s email to the members of the LIBE Committee also contains the letter in which European Parliament President Antonio Tajani announced that Laura Codruta Kovesi is on the short list of three prosecutors who are running for the office of Chief European Prosecutor. In Tajani’s letter, dated February 4, Kovesi tops the list of preferences, followed by Jean-Francois Bohnert (France) and Andres Ritter (Germany).

The Chairman of the LIBE Committee annexed to his message the letter of the selection group, plus the resumes of the three candidates and their answers to three questions asked by the selection group.

A list of three names has been sent to the European Parliament and the Council, based on the evaluation carried out by the selection group, in line with Article 14(3) of EU Regulation 2017/1939. According to Regulation 2017/1939, the European Parliament and the Council will appoint the Chief European Prosecutor through mutual agreement, for a 7-year term that cannot be renewed. The Council (COREPER) established a preferential list of candidates on 20 February 2019.

The three candidates will be heard by the LIBE Committee on Tuesday, February 26, from 3.30 p.m. to 7.15 p.m., with the participation of the CONT Committee.

The hearing of each candidate will last 75 minutes and will start with the candidate’s statement, followed by a Q&A session involving the members of LIBE (two thirds of the time allocated) and the members of CONT (one third of the time).

The political groups can distribute the time allocated in these two time intervals (each question and answer will last 3 minutes: one minute for the question and two minutes for the answer).

After the hearing, LIBE’s coordinators will hold a meeting on February 27, to deliberate on the candidates. After the negotiations, a single candidate will be nominated to undergo the confirmation vote of the European Parliament, which will decide via absolute majority.

Prosecutor Jean-Francois Bohnert (France) won the vote cast by the permanent representatives of EU states within the Council of the European Union, sources quoted by the New Europe news site have stated. He was followed by Laura Codruta Kovesi (Romania) and Andres Ritter (Germany).

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