The U.S. Department of State has awarded the Minister of Justice, Veronica Mihailov-Moraru, the honorary title of “Anti-Corruption Champion” for her fearless commitment to promoting the rule of law and implementing reforms in the justice system of the Republic of Moldova. The award was presented by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the “International Anticorruption Champions Award” gala, as reported by TRIBUNA.
“I am more than grateful to receive the title of anti-corruption champion, annually offered by the U.S. Department of State at the ‘International Anticorruption Champions Award’ gala,” said Veronica Mihailov-Moraru.
In her speech before receiving the award, the Minister of Justice discussed the ongoing processes in Moldova, including efforts to combat corruption and the challenges faced.
“One of the main objectives of the Government of the Republic of Moldova is to ensure the independence and functionality of the judicial system, which will lead to increased trust in the judiciary. Equally important are measures to de-oligarchize, strengthen anti-corruption institutions, and the asset recovery mechanism,” mentioned Veronica Mihailov-Moraru.
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The Minister of Justice reiterated the need to intensify mutual legal cooperation, including in financial investigations related to transnational crime and organized crime, to identify and recover criminal assets. Lastly, she thanked the United States Government for its full support to Moldova and the close and longstanding partnership.
“The efforts of the Republic of Moldova to combat corruption and reform justice are being watched and recognized across the ocean. We are determined to demonstrate that the support of development partners has been and continues to be a good investment for both the people of the Republic of Moldova and the American people,” Veronica Mihailov-Moraru added.
The title of “Anti-Corruption Champion” was established two years ago at the initiative of the U.S. Department of State. The distinction recognizes individuals’ efforts to fight against corruption and promote transparency in their countries. This year, the United States awarded this prize to 11 personalities worldwide.