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Tajani sends Romanian Gov’t official letter that Kovesi is EP candidate for position of European Chief Prosecutor. JusMin Toader: Candidate for European Chief Prosecutor position does not need Gov’t’s endorsement

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani on Friday sent George Ciamba, Romanian Minister-delegate of European Affairs and President-in-Office of the Council of the EU, the official letter announcing that Laura Codruta Kovesi is the EP’s candidate for the position of European Chief Prosecutor and also informs him of the composition of the negotiation team of the community legislature in the future discussions with the Council.

Tajani announced the sending of the letter on Twitter, which he also posted on his official EP President’s account.

Laura Codruta Kovesi is the @Europarl_EN candidate for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. She has all the qualities needed to do a very good job. We need more exemplary women as she is in leadership positions, posted Tajani on his Twitter account.

In the letter, Tajani brings to mind that, in accordance with the rules in force, Parliament and the Council shall appoint by common accord the European Chief Prosecutor for a non-renewable 7-year term, starting from a short list of qualified candidates drawn up by the selection committee of the EPPO.

The EP president also reminds that following a joint hearing in the EP Committee on Civil Liberties and Budgetary Control on 26 February, Laura Codruta Kovesi outperformed her counterparts Jean-Francois Bohnert (France) and Andres Ritter (Germany) in the number of votes.

At the meeting on 7 March, the Conference of Presidents decided that Ms Laura Codruta Kovesi is the candidate of Parliament and mandated a team of three negotiators (…) to support this position in the forthcoming discussions with the Council on the appointment of the European Chief Prosecutor, the letter further mentions.

The three MEPs mandated to negotiate with the Council of the EU on this file are the British Claude Moraes (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats), the chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), German MEP Ingeborg Grassle (the European People’s Party – EPP), chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) and Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini (Greens), Vice-Chair of LIBE.


JusMin Toader: Candidate for European Chief Prosecutor position does not need Gov’t’s endorsement


The candidate running for the position of European Chief Prosecutor does not need the endorsement of the government of the country he/she comes from, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said on Friday, while the European Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourova, said the selection process for this position must be “fair and without attempts to discredit him/her.”

“During this period, the appointment of the Chief Prosecutor of the European Prosecutor’s Office is underway. At today’s Council level, we did not have on the agenda and there was no way we could have on the agenda, nor did we discuss anything about the appointment of the European Chief Prosecutor. Why? Because the procedure is in progress and the competence is the one you certainly are aware of,” Toader told a press conference after chairing the Justice and Home Affairs Council.

He said that the Council had discussed the stages for the designation of candidates from the 22 states for the designation of the European prosecutors.

“By March 31, each country will send its three candidates for the appointment of the European prosecutors, then we will get to the operationalisation, the actual functioning of the European Prosecutor’s Office, according to the regulation, in 2020,” he pointed out.

Vera Jourova, the European Commissioner for Justice, told a press conference that one of the goals is to appoint a European Chief Prosecutor by April and encouraged an honest process without attempting to discredit any candidate. Asked what she meant by “attempts to discredit”, the European Commissioner said: “I was thinking about Ms. Kovesi’s case.”

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