Former Justice minister Tudor Chiuariu was named state counselor on judicial issues, internal affairs and anti-corruption for the prime minister, a press release of the Romanian government informs on Tuesday. Anti-graft prosecutors however, have requested the President's approval to start investigating Chiuariu.

The Executive press release adds that Chiuariu was named due to the experience he obtained during his previous jobs.

Tudor Chiuariu resigned as Justice minister in December 2007 after President Basescu urged him to resign as his name was involved in a fraud case.

By the end of January, the European Commission will present a report on Romanian justice reform which rumours have it will have a tough tone.