European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO)


The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) is the independent public prosecution office of the European Union that started operational work on 1 June 2021.

 

It is responsible for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment crimes against the financial interests of the EU, such as:

• different types of fraud;

• VAT fraud with damages above 10 million euro;

• misappropriation of EU funds or assets by a public official;

• money laundering;

• corruption;

• ther offences inextricably linked to one of the previous categories.

 

The EPPO undertakes investigations, carries out acts of prosecution and exercises the functions of prosecutor in the competent courts of the participating Member States, until the case has been finally disposed of.

 

Attending the 53rd Plenary Meeting of the EJN in Helsinki, the first European Chief Prosecutor, Ms Laura Kövesi, stated that “the EJN will be a key player in the day-to-day business of the EPPO”.

 

Although relations between the EJN and the EPPO have not been legally defined, the EJN Contact Points indicated its need and discussed the possible ways for cooperation in various EJN meetings during 2019 and 2020.

 

More information about the EPPO can be found on the official site - https://www.eppo.europa.eu/en



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