Laura Codruta Kovesi, the Romanian prosecutor who on Thursday received the COREPER vote to take over as head of Europe's new public prosecutor's office, has spoken with about the vote. She said it should be a "signal for all magistrates in Romania to believe that they, with their professionalism, can outdo the [political] assault on the judiciary".

Laura Codruta KovesiFoto: Agerpres/EPA

She called the vote "one of the most important decisions in my career" as a prosecutor which, se said, reached 24 years a week ago.

She said the vote was a success for all Romanians who fought for European values and the rule of law.