BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – The families of murdered Slovak and Maltese journalists on Friday backed Romania’s former chief anti-graft prosecutor’s bid to become the EU’s first fraud prosecutor – against the wishes of her country’s government.
The EU wants to set up the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) next year to tackle graft, VAT fraud and other crimes involving the bloc’s multi-billion-euro joint budget, and Laura Codruta Kovesi is a frontrunner for the job.
Kovesi - Tenure - Head - Romania - DNA
During Kovesi’s five-year tenure as head of Romania’s DNA anti-corruption office, conviction rates for political graft jumped, drawing praise from the European Union, civil society groups and investors. But her EPPO bid is opposed by Romania’s ruling Social Democrats, who forced her out of the DNA last year.
Kovesi is backed by the European Parliament, while France’s candidate Jean-Francois Bohnert has already been named the preferred candidate of the Council of EU member states.
Letter - EU - Council - Friday - Families
In an open letter to the EU Council on Friday, the families of murdered journalists Jan Kuciak, from Slovakia, and Malta’s Daphne Caruana Galizia urged...
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