Winning the Woman in Power Award: Laura Codruța Kövesi – Chief EU Public Prosecutor

Kövesi received the award for showing extraordinary political leadership in Europe through her notable work against high-level corruption in Romania. She recently became the first Chief EU Public Prosecutor at the newly established European Public Prosecutors Office (EPPO).
On 4 December 2019, the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby hosted the fourth annual edition of the Women of Europe Awards at the BELvue in Brussels.

“Today, we have had the honour of celebrating the achievements of some truly inspirational and visionary women at the Women of Europe Awards 2019. All the winners and nominees have had such far-reaching positive impacts both locally and globally. While it is important to acknowledge that our work to enhance the recognition of women in our societies is far from done, the contribution of the winners tonight demonstrate the power and influence that women can have in bringing about positive change,” said Eva Maydell MEP, President of the European Movement International and chair of the jury.

“The Women of Europe awards are a great opportunity to honour, thank and amplify the voices of fantastic women coming from all across Europe who are shaping our future. The Awards happen at a particularly important moment, with the new European institutions taking office, as they give visibility to women and girls’ diverse identities and experiences in Europe, which have to be acknowledged and addressed by EU policies,” said Gwendoline Lefevre, President of the European Women’s Lobby and member of the jury. The Women of Europe Awards 2019 are awarded in four categories, and the winners are:

Winning the Woman in Power Award: Laura Codruța Kövesi – Chief EU Public Prosecutor

Kövesi received the award for showing extraordinary political leadership in Europe through her notable work against high-level corruption in Romania. She recently became the first Chief EU Public Prosecutor at the newly established European Public Prosecutors Office (EPPO).

Upon receiving the Woman in Power Award, Laura Codruța Kövesi said, “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. This award belongs equally to all of the people that have supported me in the fight against corruption, and in upholding the rule of law and European values. I would especially like to thank all my supporters over the years. Moving forward, we need to work to promote equality, justice and the rule of law, as the European Movement has done for the last 70 years.”