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|Title:||Plenary session supports setting up the European Public Prosecutor Office (EPPO)|
|Series/Date:||Press Release 05.10.17|
|Notes:||The European Parliament's plenary session showed on 5 October 2017 its support to the creation of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO).|
|Keywords:||European Public Prosecutor's office - EPPO regulation - Fraud against EU budget - EU Public Prosecutor|
3.2.b - Judicial, customs and police co-operation
4.4 - EU Budget: Fraud and mismanagement
|Geographic Indicators:||European Union|
|Background and further information:
The enhanced cooperation procedure for this initiative was launched on 3 April 2017 following the registration of the lack of unanimous agreement in the European Union on the proposal. The European Commission had originally put forward the draft law in July 2013.
20 member states joined the initiative. The 8 non-participating countries - Sweden, the Netherlands, Malta, Hungary, Poland, United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark - were free to join the cooperation any time, should they choose to do so.
The European Public Prosecutor's Office is set to have the authority, under certain conditions, to investigate and prosecute EU fraud and other crimes affecting the Union's financial interests. It aims to complement the work of OLAF and Eurojust, which are not equipped to investigate and prosecute individual criminal cases. It was decided the EPPO central office was going to be located in Luxembourg.
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