BUCHAREST – Too few prosecutors

After the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) asked Romania to delegate between 20 and 30 prosecutors to investigate cases regarding fraud with EU funds, the country’s justice ministry only sent 10, G4Media reported. Though Romania’s then socialist government tried last year to block the appointment of current EU Chief Prosecutor Laura Kovesi, it is now a centre-right government that is not willing to properly staff the institution.

Romania’s offer to send only 10 prosecutors was rejected by Kövesi, who cited the high number of fraud cases in Romania. The country is leading the charts when it comes to the number of fraud cases involving EU funds, according to OLAF’s latest annual report.

In response, the justice ministry said on Wednesday (16 September) that, with 10 prosecutors, Romania has proposed one of the largest number of prosecutors among the states that adhered to the EPPO, as many of them only announced one or two names. It noted, however. that two other states had indeed proposed 20 prosecutors.

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