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"To be brief, we support her. I think politics should stay away from the elections of the European chief prosecutor. Therefore, only considering her technical capacity, we endorse her,” EPP Vice-President Esteban Gonzalez Pons told Romanian news portal HotNews.
Kövesi was shortlisted by a jury of 12 EU legal experts as their top pick for the position, followed by Jean-François Bohnert from France and Andres Ritter from Germany.
Kövesi, born Laura Codruta Lascu in Sepsiszentgyörgy/Sfântu Gheorghe, graduated with a degree in law from the Babes-Bolyai University in Kolozsvár/Cluj Napoca and obtained her PhD in law in 2012. She was appointed Prosecutor General of Romania in 2006 at the age of 33, the youngest ever person to hold the position and the only one so far who served her full term in office.
She then served as Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) from 2013 until she was sacked in 2018 by justice minister Tudorel Toader for alleged abuse of power, and President Klaus Iohannis reluctantly signed off on her dismissal after the constitutional court in Bucharest ruled that he could not block the decision.
She was married to ethnic Hungarian Eduárd Kövesi and kept his former husband's surname after the divorce.