Council confirms Kovesi as first European chief prosecutor

The Council today agreed to the appointment of Laura Codruta Kövesi to be the first European chief prosecutor. The appointment must now also be confirmed by the European Parliament, which is more or less presupposed. The EPPO is expected to start working in November 2020 and will be be based in Luxembourg.

The European chief prosecutor will organise the work of the EPPO and represent the office in contacts with EU institutions, Member States and third countries. She will be assisted by two deputies and will chair the college of prosecutors, which will be in charge of defining the strategy and internal rules and ensuring coherence across and within cases.

“The priority of the Council is that the EPPO is up and running by November 2020. In this respect, it was now becoming urgent to appoint the European chief prosecutor. Ms Kovesi, as the first ever incumbent of this post, will have the task of setting up the EPPO from scratch. The Council will continue monitor the setting up of the office to ensure we have an efficient and effective EPPO that becomes the cornerstone of our fight against fraud and corruption to the EU finances,” Anna-Maja Henriksson, Finnish Justice Minister said from the name of the Finnish presidency of the Council.

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office will be an independent body of the Union responsible for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment crimes against the financial interests of the Union (e.g. fraud, corruption, cross-border VAT fraud above 10 million euros). In that respect the EPPO shall undertake investigations, and carry out acts of prosecution and exercise the functions of prosecutor in the competent courts of the Member States.

There are currently 22 Member States participating in the office - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain.

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