breaking the law by promoting a business interest.”
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Transylvanian town of Mediaș and played for the junior national basketball team while in high school.
When discussing the anti-corruption fight in Romania, Kovesi sees 2004 as a turning point, when investigations started to be carried out in cases involving top public figures. However, this changed in 2017. “Everything changed because of the efficiency of the judiciary,” Kovesi told the FT.
The Romanian prosecutor also discussed the cultural aspects of corruption. “Even though each year we get more convictions, corruption is still around us. I don’t think it’s a problem for the whole society. It’s also an individual problem regarding mentality,” she explained. She gave the example of a mayor caught receiving bribe who was reelected and of being told that patriotism means not stealing from national funds but from EU funds to point to the need for education in anti-corruption.
At the same time, Kovesi said nobody tried to bribe here while in office, something she attributed to the many myths that circulate about her.
Kovesi declined to comment on PSD leader Liviu Dragnea but explained that the bad things” cannot be done by one person. “Many were involved in this attack against the judicial system. In my career, I faced no disciplinary investigations. Last year, I had four! A coincidence? One man cannot do all those things,” she said.
Referring to her French contender for the European Chief Prosecutor position, she explained that they have different skills. Having the support of many Romanians was important for her in the contest for the job, which she sees as being “not only for me, it’s for the country, for the justice system and for all Romanians who support the fight against corruption.”
The full interview is available here.
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