European Chief Prosecutor proposes 1 June as start date of EPPO operations

Photo: EP Laura Kӧvesi.

European Chief Prosecutor Laura Kӧvesi sent a letter to EU Commissioners Didier Reynders and Johannes Hahn, responsible respectively for justice and for budget and administration, proposing 1 June this year as the date when the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) will start its investigative and prosecutorial tasks.

Since the appointment of the College of the EPPO, key decisions for the establishment of the EPPO have been adopted, staff for the central office in Luxembourg have been recruited and a fully operational case management system is ready for use. Working arrangements with relevant partners have been adopted or are in their finalisation phases.

From the nominations made so far by the participating Member States, the College of the EPPO has already appointed European delegated prosecutors in 10 participating Member States. Based on the information currently available, the selection procedures in the remaining Member States are ongoing.

The EPPO’s mandate covers 22 of the 27 Member States. This independent EU body will focus exclusively on criminal investigations and prosecutions of crimes affecting the financial interests of the EU. This includes where the EU financial interests are impacted through various fraud, including VAT fraud with damages of at least €10m, money laundering and corruption.

 

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