European Prosecutor Nomination: Two Key Committees Back Romanian Candidate

On Wednesday two key European Parliament committees backed the nomination of Romania's former anti-corruption chief to head the newly founded European Prosecutors Office. Laura Codruta Kovesi fought a tough fight because Romania's government lobbied hard against her, after the anti-corruption office she led for five years helped convict high-level politicians. After the EP budget committee gave its backing, the civil liberties committee supported Kovesi with 26 votes. The French candidate Jean-Francois Bohnert received 22 votes. The EP and governments now have to negotiate further.