Anti Corruption Prosecutors Evaluation Process: Ensuring Integrity

The Superior Council of Prosecutors (SCP) released, on Thursday, May 23, the roster of anti-corruption prosecutors slated for evaluation by members of the Vetting Commission.

Leading the list is Veronica Dragalin, head of the Anti Corruption Prosecutor's Office.

Individuals aggrieved by decisions of the Superior Council of Prosecutors have a window of 10 working days from the date of notification to contest said decisions at the Supreme Court of Justice.

It is noteworthy that vetting entails scrutinising over 200 prosecutors in pivotal roles, as well as those aspiring to such positions. This process operates under the auspices of a new law, numbered 252/2023. This legislation mandates the assessment of the ethical and financial integrity of all prosecutors who currently or formerly occupied pivotal positions within the Prosecutor's Office system from January 1, 2017, to August 22, 2023.

The ramifications of failing the vetting process can be dire for prosecutors with integrity concerns. In such instances, the Prosecutor Evaluation Commission submits a report to the SCP. If the Council endorses the findings, the failure to pass the evaluation results in the dismissal of the respective prosecutor. Furthermore, they forfeit the right to serve as prosecutors or hold other public office positions for a period of 5-7 years.

A comparable evaluation commission, established in 2023 under laws 65/2023 and 252/2023, oversees the vetting of incumbent judges and judge candidates. Concurrently, the Judges Evaluation Commission operates alongside the Prosecutor Evaluation Commission.

Translation by Iurie Tataru

Carolina Străjescu

Carolina Străjescu


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