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MEPs give green light for first EU Chief Prosecutor

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MEPs give green light for first EU Chief Prosecutor

Laura Codruta Kövesi - Photo AGERPRES, cropped by Ionutzmovie

(BRUSSELS) - EU Parliament and Council negotiators agreed Wednesday on the appointment of Laura Codruta Kövesi, the MEPs' preferred choice to be the first head of the new EU Public Prosecutor's Office.

The talks between the two institutions on the new European Chief Prosecutor to lead the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) were ongoing since last spring, with MEPs backing Ms Kövesi throughout the negotiations, and opposition from Council until now.

Following the agreement with the Council negotiators, Civil Liberties Committee Chair Juan Fernando López Aguilar MEP said: "Ms Kövesi is the perfect choice to become EU Chief Prosecutor. She has excellent professional competences. Moreover, Romania does not currently hold any key posts in the EU. She will be one of the strong women leading in the EU from now on.

"We are very pleased that Ms Laura Kövesi will be leading the new European Public Prosecutor's Office. She corresponds best to the European Parliament's vision of a strong and credible EPPO. Ms Kövesi is extremely competent, with an impressive record of achievements in fighting corruption with remarkable resilience and great courage," added Budget Control Committee Chair Monika Hohlmeier MEP.

The agreement on the appointment of Ms Kövesi as European Chief Prosecutor now needs to be formally approved by the Parliament and the Council.

The EPPO, which is expected to be operational at the end of 2020, will be an independent office in charge of investigating, prosecuting and bringing to justice crimes against the EU budget, such as fraud, corruption or cross-border VAT fraud above 10 million euros. The list of crimes could be extended in the future to include, for example, terrorism.

So far, 22 member states have joined the EPPO. The five countries that currently do not participate - Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Ireland and Denmark - could join at any time.

The EPPO central office will be based in Luxembourg, along with the Chief Prosecutor and a College of Prosecutors from all participating countries. They will head the day-to-day criminal investigations carried out by the delegated prosecutors in all participating member states.

Further information

Regulation on implementing enhanced cooperation on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's Office ('the EPPO')

More information about the EPPO (Commission)

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