Augustin Lazar has announced he will file his bid for a new term as Prosecutor General of Romania, in the context in which the Justice Ministry is holding a competition for this position and Tudorel Toader has demanded that he be dismissed from office. Lazar’s term in office expires on April 28.
“Mr Augustin Lazar, Prosecutor General of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, is informing the public that he will file his candidacy as part of the procedure – triggered by the Justice Minister – to select a prosecutor in view of nominating him/her for the office of Prosecutor General of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, office vacated starting on 28 April 2018. Obtaining a new term would represent the possibility to continue the ongoing projects, the process of modernising and institutionally consolidating the Public Ministry in order to continue to obtain positive results, of convincingly representing the general interests of the social body, the unconditional high-quality defence of the rule of law, of fundamental human rights and freedoms,” the Public Ministry representatives inform in a press release.
The communique shows that it is useful for Lazar to continue his activity as Prosecutor General because the commitments resulting from Romania’s exercise of the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union must also be observed.
“The filing of the candidacy answers the expectations of fellow prosecutors who consider that stability must be ensured during this period, which features multiple challenges for the judicial system, at the level of the Public Ministry leadership, especially in what concerns the promotion of European values, including through dialogue, loyal cooperation and mutual respect with other branches of government,” the source adds.
Likewise, the Public Ministry also points out that in the following period it will co-organise several international events, in April and May.
“The activity to implement externally-financed programmes signed and coordinated by the Prosecutor General must be continued in the following years, programmes that represent the biggest financial investment in the IT infrastructure of the Public Ministry and in professional training. These programmes are:
“-Strengthening the Public Ministry’s capacity to implement the new provisions of the Criminal Codes in the field of hearings” – SIPOCA 53 (Project’s budget: 54,785,517.47 lei; estimated implementation period: 27 July 2017 – 27 July 2020);
“-Strengthening the Public Ministry’s capacity to enforce probatory procedures concerning IT searches” – SIPOCA 54 (Project’s budget: 14,273,724.20 lei; estimated implementation period: 27 July 2017 – 27 July 2020);
“-Norwegian financial mechanism 2014-2021 – “Fight against crime and corruption” (Estimated budget: 4,250,000 euro; estimated implementation period: 27 November 2018 – 27 November 2021);
“-ISFP-2017-AG-FORENSIC-821555 “Information exchange on modus operandi in violent crimes” MEMO (Estimated budget: 527,296 euro; estimated implementation period: 1 October 2018 – 31 March 2020);
“-ISFP-2017-AG-THBX-815267 “Strengthening capacity to combat human trafficking and the proceeds of these crimes through advanced financial investigations” WESTEROS (Estimated budget: 313,396 euro; estimated implementation period: 14 September 2018 – 13 September 2020);
“-ISFP-2017-AG-DRUGS-822561 “Coordinated fight against new trends in drug trafficking” – SNOW WHITE (Estimated budget: 419,352 euro; estimated implementation period: 1 December 2018 – 1 December 2020);
“-HOME/2015/ISFP/AG/LETX/8776 “Professional training in online undercover operations for combating cyber-crime” CY-OPS (Project’s budget: 348,665 euro; implementation period: 15 February 2017 – 14 August 2018),” reads the communique.
The Justice Ministry announced last week that it has triggered the procedure to select prosecutors in view of nominating a new Prosecutor General of the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice. The office will become vacant on April 28, when Augustin Lazar’s term expires. The procedure will take place from March 13 to April 5.
Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar’s term in office ends on April 28, according to his resume. However, Tudorel Toader triggered a dismissal from office procedure against Lazar on 24 October 2018. Meanwhile, Augustin Lazar has lodged with the Alba Court of Appeals a request for the suspension of the dismissal from office procedure triggered by the Justice Minister. A decision on the request is still pending.
The Section for Prosecutors of the Superior Council of the Magistracy issued a negative opinion on Tudorel Toader’s request to have the Prosecutor General dismissed from office. The dismissal request nevertheless reached President Iohannis, who announced, in January 2019, that he will not dismiss the Prosecutor General even though Toader had sent him, several times, the documents on whose basis he had asked for Lazar’s dismissal.