National Anticorruption Directorate

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National Anticorruption Directorate
Direcţia Naţională Anticorupţie (DNA)
Agency overview
Formed 2002
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
National agency
(Operations jurisdiction)
Legal jurisdiction As per operations jurisdiction.
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Bucharest
Agency executive Laura Codruța Kövesi, Prosecutor-General

The National Anticorruption Directorate (Romanian: Direcţia Naţională Anticorupţie (DNA)), formerly National Anticorruption Prosecution Office (Romanian: Parchetul Naţional Anticorupţie), is the Romanian agency tasked with preventing, investigating and prosecuting corruption-related offenses (such as bribery, graft, patronage and embezzlement) that caused a material damage higher than €200,000 or whose value of the involved amounts or goods is higher than €10,000.

The DNA is headed by a Chief-Prosecutor and 2 deputies, nominated by the Minister of Justice and appointed by the President of Romania. The Chief-Prosecutor of the Directorate is subordinated to the General-Prosecutor of the Prosecutor's Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice.


DNA was founded in 2003.

By 2015, acting under Laura Codruța Kövesi's leadership, the agency had gained traction against high-level corruption. [1] The agency currently employs 120 prosecutors working on more than 6,000 cases, and has successfully prosecuted dozens of mayors, five MPs, two ex-ministers and a former prime minister in 2014 alone. Hundreds of former judges and prosecutors have also been brought to justice, with a conviction rate above 90%. [2]

In 2015, 12 members of parliament have been investigated, including ministers: “we have investigated two sitting ministers, one of whom went from his ministerial chair directly to pre-trial detention”, Kövesi said. [2]

A 2015 poll suggested that 60% of Romanian trust DNA, with only 11% expressing their trust in the Parliament.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Romania anti-sleaze drive reaches elite - BBC News",, retrieved 6 November 2015 
  2. ^ a b c "Bringing in the scalps: the woman leading Romania's war on corruption",, retrieved 6 November 2015