BUCHAREST, Romania – Romania's chief anti-corruption prosecutor says nearly 1,300 officials were sent to trial last year in corruption cases with damages amounting to 260 million euros ($273 million).
Laura Kovesi Codruta, who heads the country's anti-graft agency, said Thursday prosecutors need predictable laws to do their job.
Last month, the government issued a highly contentious decree that would have decriminalized official misconduct, sparking weeks of massive anti-graft protests. Premier Sorin Grindeanu eventually canceled the measure. Kovesi said: "We want to fight corruption" but "efforts need to be sustained by a stable legislative and institutional framework."
President Klaus Iohannis called Romania's anti-corruption drive, praised by Western allies, "necessary.... if we want a modern state."
Kovesi said three ministers, 17 lawmakers, 16 magistrates and other officials were among high-level cases targeted by the agency last year.