European Public Prosecutor’s Office starting on 1 June


We invite you to listen to the new episode of our International Disputes Digest podcast series, hosted by the CMS Dispute Resolution Group, on the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (“EPPO”), which is a new EU body responsible for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment offences affecting the financial interests of the EU.

According to official reports, between 2013 and 2017, EU funds roughly amounting EUR 1.5 billion have been affected by reported irregularities. For 2018, as result of the investigations concluded, OLAF recommended the recovery of EUR 371 million to the EU budget. It is well-known that the big decisions at the EU level take quite a lot of time to evolve from an idea to a functional system or institution. Judging by the importance of EPPO and its ambitious goal, one would consider that the benefits for such a prosecution body would have been easily accepted across Europe. Was this the case with EPPO? How would such an institution be able to reach its goal? Isn’t there a risk for the local political or legal environment to impede on EPPO’s activity? Which are the main control mechanisms for the activity of EPPO?

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