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September 20, 2019

Italy, dissatisfied with the selection process of the EU General Prosecutor, where Kovesi is EP’s favorite: It’s not very transparent

The Italian Minister of Justice, Alfonso Bonafede, said he’s not satisfied with the selection procedure of the future General Prosecutor of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, a position for which Laura Codruta Kovesi is favorite, stating that the selection process is not very transparent, according to ANSA.

“The procedure for identifying the European Chief-Prosecutor is the final triad. We have already expressed all our country’s doubts on a procedure which is not very transparent and which opted for a shortlist with three names, while it could have indicated five names to be considered by the European Parliament, which affected Italy, which had four of the 11 names on the last shortlist”, the Italian Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede stated  while leaving the EU Council.

“None of our candidates, with all the weight and authority, competence and experience, reached the final. I have already expressed all my concerns and our country did it in all the official places, also asking additional reasons”, the Minister explained.

“The European Public Prosecutor’s Office is a fundamental moment in developing judicial cooperation at European level, but we want all the procedures and regulations that lead to identifying the names holding important positions be observed, and to this end, we have requested a higher transparency, and we will however continue to work in such a manner that the European Public Prosecutor’s Office will be a step forward, and not backward”, Bonafede warned.

“From this point of view, we have already made it clear that we have doubts, considering this first initial step, on a possible next step, for instance for the fight against terrorism, on which the Italian judges have a very high competence”, the Minister added.

“We are waiting to see the developments, but Europe is aware of these perplexities, without entering the substance of assessing the three selected CVs” (in the final phase, there was a representative of Romania, one of Germany and one of France). “We would have preferred a wider range and a higher transparency regarding the selection”, he concluded.

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