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First round of negotiations between the EP and the Council of the EU for the office of Chief European Prosecutor. MEP Muresan: European Parliament starts from a strong position

MEP Siegfried Muresan has stated that the European Parliament will start Wednesday’s negotiations for the office of Chief European Prosecutor “from a strong position, while the Council starts from a weak position.”

“The first round of negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, on appointing the first Chief Prosecutor of the EU, takes place tomorrow (Wednesday – editor’s note). Parliament starts the negotiations from a strong position, while the Council starts from a weak position,” Siegfried Muresan wrote on Facebook.

He reminded that the European Parliament had held a public hearing “watched by hundreds of thousands of citizens,” and two votes within the special committees.

“Only a trial vote has taken place within the Council, at a technical level. The European Parliament’s position is strong and very clear: the Romanian candidate, Mrs Laura-Codruta Kovesi, is the European Parliament’s candidate. She is our only candidate. The European Parliament’s team of negotiators has a clear mandate, without room for manoeuvre: to defend the candidate that won in Parliament and to assert themselves in the negotiations with the Council. We are asking the Council to take into account the assessment made by the commission of independent European experts, and the hearings and vote within two special committees of the European Parliament and to confirm as rapidly as possible the appointment of Mrs Kovesi as Chief European Prosecutor. A decision is needed, without delay, for the new Chief Prosecutor to be able to rapidly start the construction of this new institution that must become functional by the end of 2020,” Muresan added.

In February, following a vote with secret ballots, the LIBE Committee selected Laura Codruta Kovesi as the top candidate for the office of Chief European Prosecutor. The result of the vote was: Laura Codruta Kovesi – 26 votes; Jean-Francois Bohnert (France) – 22 votes; Andres Ritter (Germany) – 1 vote. Kovesi was also selected by the CONT Committee the day before.

On the other hand, as a result of the vote of the permanent representatives of member states within the Council of the European Union, Jean-Francois Bohnert was selected the top candidate for the office of Chief European Prosecutor, followed by Laura Codruta Kovesi (Romania) and Andres Ritter (Germany).

Considering that Laura Codruta Kovesi is the candidate selected by the parliamentary committees for the office of Chief European Prosecutor, and the Council of the EU has established that Jean-Francois Bohnert should be appointed at the helm of the EU Public Prosecutor’s Office, a negotiation will take place between the Parliament and the Council, to reach a consensus.

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