Tuesday, July 10th

Laura Kovesi says that her dismissal raises questions of a possible subordination of the prosecutors to the Justice Minister

The Former Chief Prosecutor of the Romanian National Anti-corruption Agency (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi has said that the presidential decree regarding her dismissal leaves a big question mark as far as a possible subordination of the prosecutors to the Justice Minister is concerned. She wanted to send a message to all prosecutors in Romania, whom she encouraged to be steady in their fight against crime, in spite of the political will, inorder to ensure an effective judiciary.
Laura Kovesi: DNA has proved that the law is equal for everyone and nobody is too strong to avoid it. Independent prosecutors have investigated individuals who seemed untouchable, regardless of their position, regardless of their social statute and regardless of their fortune. Our inquests have contributed to the public awareness toward the gravity of the corruption phenomenon. The brutal way that the criminal laws are modified shows us that they want protection for the past, for the present and for the future.
Laura Kovesi has announced that she is ending their activity at the DNA, but she will remain a prosecutor. The interim chief of the agency will be Anca Jurma, a former advisor to the DNA Chief Prosecutor.

The Senate Speaker sees the dismissal of the DNA Chief Prosecutor as an act of normality

The Romanian Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu says in a Facebook post that the layoff of the DNA Chief Prosecutor Caura Codruta Kovesi is an act of normality, given the systematic abuses and breaches of Constitution committed during her mandate and also that the dismissal is in line with the Constitutional Court decision. Tariceanu also says that the revocation of the DNA Chief comes more than ten years since Former President Traian Basescu has instated an illegal and anti-constitutional system, designed to encroach the power in Romania by anti-democratic means. He also adds that parliament has the responsibility to generate a legal framework that supports the civil rights and liberties so as abuses will not take place.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has met the European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan

The Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has met the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan in Brussels on Tuesday. According to a government statement, the two officials hale talked about priorities on the European agenda and the stage of preparations for the Romanian presidency of the European Council due to begin on January 1st, 2019. Prime Minister Dancila has said that the common farming policy has proved its value and is an incentive for the economic and social development of the rural areas in Europe.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR