DNA’s Kovesi to Der Spiegel: My most important role is to protect my colleagues from pressure

Newsroom 28/06/2016 | 16:08

In a recent interview for German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, Chief Prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi talked about the priorities of the institution she is heading as well as about its increasingly important role in Romanian society.

In the interview, Kovesi spoke about her background and the role she is playing at the helm of the DNA, one of the most trusted institutions by Romanian citizens. Before being appointed Chief Prosecutor, Kovesi served as a General Prosecutor with the DNA for six years, something that represented an advantage. According to Kovesi, the popularity of the institution among Romanians is due to the fact that the cases it handles involve important people, whose actions impact on the society. As a consequence, the number of denounces by individuals has increased.

Currently, the DNA head explained, the institution is handling 10,000 cases with the help of 100 prosecutors; other 50 prosecutors are participating in court hearings. That is why, according to Kovesi, it is important to establish the priorities of the institution as well as to streamline its activities.

The role of the Chief Prosecutor, Kovesi explained, is that of establishing the priorities of the DNA. According to the DNA head, the current priorities are corruption in the health sector, public procurement and fraud in the EU funds sector.

The DNA chief concluded by saying that, perhaps, her most important role is that of protecting her fellow colleagues from pressure and interference from the outside, and stressed that the merit for investigations belongs to the prosecutors.

Georgeta Gheorghe

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