French candidate Jean-François Bohnert, who previously took the lead in the race for the new head of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), is allegedly the top contender for the French National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF), according to TV5Monde, reports G4Media.
This represents a huge leap forward for Laura Codruta Kövesi, Romania’s former National Anticorruption Directorate chief prosecutor, as she could remain the sole candidate for the position of chief prosecutor of the EU. Bohnert is the favorite of the European Council, while Kövesi enjoys the support of the European Parliament. Despite multiple rounds of negotiations, the two institutions haven’t reached an agreement.
Earlier, in February, as a result of the selection committee’s recommendation, Kövesi was leading the process, followed by Jean-François Bohnert of France and Andres Ritter of Germany. That however, quickly changed during the Coreper II meeting at the European Council after the vote of the 22 member states: Bohnert came out first, followed by Kövesi and Germany’s Ritter.
Title image: Laura Codruța Kövesi