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PG Augustin Lazar: Corruption remains a hotter than ever issue

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 Corruption remains a hotter than ever issue, Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar on Wednesday told the 2017 stocktaking meeting of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA).

"Corruption is by no means Romania-made, as some commentators suggest. Corruption is an international phenomenon that has prompted the joint effort of the states when they hammered out the Merida Convention, when they decided that certain deeds of the public servants - mainly dignitaries - that are harmful to society should be incriminated by law. Much to its honor, Romania is a signatory of the convention and succeeded one year before to build its anti-virus protection - the dedicated structure of the Public Prosecution Office we all know, the agency called the National Anticorruption Directorate," Augustin Lazar said.

"2017 has been a more sensitive, a more complicated year, we could say. I would not dramatise the situation and say it has been a difficult year, as I look around in the hall and see the magistrates - public prosecutors who have reached professional maturity, who now must prove their capacity to deal with real problems. When things are smooth it is easy to navigate the quiet ocean. But when the waves roll high we can give the measure of our professionalism and of our conviction, work and fight for our values," said the General Prosecutor of Romania.  

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Thursday, March 1, 2018