At home in Romania, Laura Kovesi arouses both hatred and admiration. This woman, who was the country’s youngest general prosecutor, then the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, sent senior political leaders to justice. Since her appointment as the first European General Prosecutor, in October 2019, she has continued on her path. “She’s a real prosecutor. Not a politician, not a diplomat. She’s not afraid to say things and do what needs to be done. This is what has allowed the European Public Prosecutor’s Office to go so far”, confides one of his collaborators.
1er June, Laura Kovesi celebrated her first year at the head of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, which had just started working. In one year, it opened 929 investigations, received more than 4,000 reports of offenses involving European funds, issued 28 indictments and obtained 4 convictions. Today, at least two ex-prime ministers are in his line of sight – the Bulgarian Boïko Borissov and the Czech Andrej Babis.
“Everyone thought we would start slow, but we started at supersonic speed,” laughs Kovesi in a videoconference interview from Luxembourg, where she lives and works today. “Statistics show that we have a proven track record in cross-border investigations and in the fight against organized crime.” In one year, justice was able to freeze 259 million euros in criminal assets. That is more than four times the budget of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
The European Public Prosecutor’s Office, or Office of the European Prosecutor General (BPGE), is the very first European public prosecutor’s office empowered to investigate and prosecute. It centralizes all information on fraud involving European funds and so-called “carousel” VAT fraud[systemwhichconsistsofcreatingacircuitbetweencompaniesestablishedinseveralStatesinordertobereimbursedfora[systèmequiconsisteàcréeruncircuitentredesentreprisesinstalléesdansplusieursÉtatspoursefairerembourserun
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Business leaders, managers, shareholders and decision-makers in and outside Flemish political life have been readers of “Le Temps” since its creation in 1968, under the title De Financieel-Economische Tijd. Even if it has become more generalist to attract new readers.
After moderate growth during its first decade of existence, the daily began to lose its readership in the 1980s and decided to diversify its activities by creating the De Belleger newsletter and the Tijd Electronic Services, then the Tijd Academie, the Tijd Agenda and Tijdnet. . On November 3, 2003, the daily changed its name to simply become From Tijd (Le Temps), but he can’t stop his fall. Today controlled by Mediafin HERa consortium co-managed by De Persgroep (From Morgan) and the Rossel Group (The evening), it is printed on salmon-colored paper, like the British FinancialTimes or Dutch Financeele Dagblad.
Like THECho, his French-speaking alter ego, From Tijd is one of the pioneers of the Belgian web. Since 1994, its site has offered, alongside the digital edition of the daily newspaper, personalized services to Flemish investors – young and old – as well as stock market prices.