The Justice Ministry (MJ) has announced that 11 bids have been filed for vacant management positions at the Attorney General’s Office (PICCJ), the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) and the Directorate for the Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).
“The panel checking the fulfillment of conditions for running in the selection of prosecutors in order to make the appointment proposals for filling the vacant management positions announced on July 28, 2021 has found that, as the deadline for submitting applications and all the papers mentioned in the official announcement (…), a number of 11 prosecutors had submitted their candidacies for the vacant management positions at PICCJ, DNA and DIICOT,” reads the announcement published on the MJ website.
For the PICCJ opening, only one candidacy was filed for the position of chief prosecutor with the Human Resources and Research Section – Catalin Andrei Popescu.
Applying for the position of DIICOT chief prosecutor were Daniel Horodniceanu, who also headed the agency between 2015 and 2018; Oana Daniela Patu, and Ioana Bogdana Albani.
Albani also applied for the position of deputy chief prosecutor of DIICOT, and so did Mihaela Larisa Iosipescu.
At DNA, Codrin Gavra is running for the position of deputy chief prosecutor. Andreea Oana Nica and Ioan Amariei are running for the position of chief prosecutor of the Anti-Corruption Section; Silviu Paul Dimitriu is running for the position of senior anti-corruption prosecutor with the Section against Corruption-related Crimes, and Monica Erika Danciu is running for chief prosecutor at the Criminal Judiciary Section.
Justice Minister Stelian Ion announced on July 28 having started the selection procedure for the position of DIICOT chief prosecutor, a position left vacant after the head of the agency, Giorgiana Hosu, resigned in September 2020. He also started the selection for other management positions at DIICOT, DNA and PICCJ.
According to the selection schedule, the selection takes place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice, between July 28 and September 15, and applications were allowed for submission until September 1. After displaying the list of prosecutors who meet the requirements for the selection process, the candidates will sit for an interview with a board headed by the justice minister, September 6-9.
Subsequently, the proposals of the justice minister will be submitted to the Supreme Council of Magistrates for final approval.
Outgoing JusMin Ion: I have received hints that selecting chief prosecutors should be done by someone else
Outgoing Justice Minister Stelian Ion said on Thursday that he received suggestions that “it is not okay” for him to coordinate the selection of candidates for these chief prosecutor positions, as that should be done by someone else, “in order to get a preset outcome.”
“I have started the selection procedure of candidates for these chief prosecutor positions. First of all, it is the long-standing vacant position of chief prosecutor of the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), there are other positions – section manager at DIICOT, section manager at the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), all very important positions. I have received many suggestions over time that it is not right for a minister endorsed by USR [Save Romania Union], or me in particular, to be able to coordinate this activity and that I should not do it, someone else should do it for a preset outcome. There have been clear signals to that effect. I have not said these things clearly, but if things take place in a certain sequence of time and all these things are confirmed, we can draw conclusions,” said Ion at the Justice Ministry.
He added that the selection procedure should be transparent and that the institutions should have a dialogue.
“It is more about a particular party; it is about the way it is being discussed. I see this procedure as one that must be transparent, one in which the institutions must collaborate, conduct a dialogue, as far as the legal powers permit, and at the end of the procedure, there should be some proposals that should be accepted by the president, who is the one who has the last word, and to also have the endorsement of the Prosecution Section,” said Ion.
He told the magistrates to never accept political suggestions of any kind in their activity.
“My message to prosecutors is to be confident in their work, in their own strength, never to accept political suggestions of any kind in their work. We, the politicians, are obliged to offer all the support to magistrates; not just prosecutors, but also to the judges, to offer them what they need from a logistical point of view in order to carry out their activity independently and unbiasedly. That is why it is very important that at the budget revision, whoever the minister is, for justice spending to get what I have requested,” said Ion.