Romania’s ex-anticorruption head takes home Woman in Power award

Laura Codruta Kovesi, the former chief prosecutor of Romania’s National Anticorruption Department (DNA), won the Woman in Power award at the fourth annual edition of the Women of Europe Awards organized in Brussels, according to

Kovesi recently became the first Chief EU Public Prosecutor at the newly established European Public Prosecutors Office (EPPO), and was awarded this prize “for showing extraordinary political leadership in Europe through her notable work against high-level corruption in Romania.”

“I am very honoured to receive the “Woman in Power” award and I see it as a recognition of my efforts and as an encouragement to not give up on my work. In my view, to be powerful means to gain the trust of the people, and importantly, to succeed in keeping it. In my line of work, you can do so only by working professionally, being consequent and by respecting the law at all times”, Kovesi said upon receiving the award, according to the press release announcing the winners.

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