Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 implementing enhanced cooperation on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (‘the EPPO’)

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Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 - adopted by the Council of the European Union in October 2017 - setting up the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO).

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The Regulation establishes an independent and decentralised prosecution office of the European Union with the competence to investigate, prosecute and bring to judgement crimes against the European Union's financial interests. It also establishes a system of shared competences between the EPPO and national authorities in tackling such cases. The EPPO is built on two levels - a Central Office at the seat of the EPPO in Luxembourg and a decentralised level consisting of European Delegated Prosecutors located in the participating EU countries.

The Regulation implements the 'enhanced cooperation' set up between a group of EU Member States, launched on 3 April 2017. This was decided following the conclusion on 7 February that no unanimous agreement in the Council of the European Union would be within reach over the original proposal on setting up the EPPO, first adopted by the European Commission in July 2013. On 8 June 2017, the Member States involved reached an agreement on the draft regulation. The European Parliament eventually endorsed the initiative on 5 October 2017, followed by the final adoption of the Council of the European Union on 12 October 2017.

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Commentary and Analysis
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EPRS: Blog, 25/08/2015: The European Public Prosecutor’s Office – EPPO https://epthinktank.eu/2015/01/08/the-european-public-prosecutors-office-eppo/
Times of Malta, 10/03/2017: Those who want more do more https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/Those-who-want-more-do-more.641952
EPRS: At a Glance, September 2017: Establishing the European Public Prosecutor http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2017)608711
EurActiv, 30/10/2017: A European FBI? Not quite https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/opinion/a-european-fbi-not-quite/

News
BBC News, 17/07/2013: European prosecutor to tackle fraud against EU budget http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23345008
EurActiv, 17/07/2013: Commission moves to set up European Prosecutor’s Office https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/commission-moves-to-set-up-european-prosecutor-s-office/
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EurActiv, 17/02/2014: French ex-minister backs calls for European public prosecutor https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/french-ex-minister-backs-calls-for-european-public-prosecutor/
EurActiv, 28/09/2016: Justice Commissioner continues push for EU prosecutor’s office https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/justice-commissioner-continues-push-for-eu-prosecutors-office/
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Dutchnews.nl, 27/01/2017: The Netherlands won’t join EU’s fraud public prosecution office https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2017/01/the-netherlands-opts-out-of-eus-fraud-prosecution-plan/
Politico, 08/02/2017: Malta won’t back new EU corruption prosecutor https://www.politico.eu/article/malta-wont-back-new-eu-corruption-prosecutor/
EurActiv, 09/03/2017: Commission hails downsized EU public prosecutor as victory for ‘multi-speed Europe’ https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/commission-hails-downsized-eu-public-prosecutor-as-victory-for-multi-speed-europe/
EUObserver, 10/03/2017: EU backs setting up prosecutor's office https://euobserver.com/justice/137188
EUObserver, 29/03/2017: Thirteen states join EU prosecutor's office https://euobserver.com/justice/137421
EurActiv, 04/04/2017: 16 states to create EU prosecutor’s office https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/16-states-to-create-eu-prosecutors-office/
EurActiv, 11/04/2017: French prosecutor’s office eagerly awaits launch of European equivalent https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/french-prosecutors-office-eagerly-awaits-launch-of-european-equivalent/
ERR News, 22/04/2017: Estonia not in hurry to join European public prosecutor's office https://news.err.ee/591270/estonia-not-in-hurry-to-join-european-public-prosecutor-s-office
EUObserver, 31/05/2017: Eight EU states to face extra anti-fraud scrutiny https://euobserver.com/justice/138080
Politico, 08/06/2017: EU’s Jourová wants funds linked to new prosecutor’s office https://www.politico.eu/article/eus-jourova-wants-funds-linked-to-new-prosecutors-office/
ERR News, 08/06/2017: Baltics among 20 EU states establishing European Public Prosecutor's Office https://news.err.ee/600984/baltics-among-20-eu-states-establishing-european-public-prosecutor-s-office
The Irish Times, 08/06/2017: European public prosecutor’s office set up, but Ireland opts out https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/european-public-prosecutor-s-office-set-up-but-ireland-opts-out-1.3112454
EurActiv, 08/06/2017: Twenty EU countries sign off on new anti-fraud prosecutor https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/twenty-eu-countries-sign-off-on-new-anti-fraud-prosecutor/
Deutsche Welle, 08/06/2017: EU sets up public prosecutor office to crack down on cross-border financial fraud https://p.dw.com/p/2eLhq
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EurActiv, 06/10/2017: European Union to get a single public prosecutor https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/european-union-to-get-a-single-public-prosecutor/
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Reuters, 12/10/2017: Twenty EU countries to set up prosecutor for cross-border fraud https://in.reuters.com/article/idINKBN1CH251
Euronews, 12/10/2017: EU Public Prosecutor to fight fraud https://www.euronews.com/2017/10/12/eu-public-prosecutor-to-fight-fraud

Official
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Council of the European Union: Press Release, 08/06/2017: 20 member states agree on details on creating the European Public Prosecutor's office (EPPO) https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/06/08/eppo/
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ESO Records
European Commission's Communication on improving OLAF’s governance and reinforcing procedural safeguards in investigations: a step-by-step approach to accompany the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office [17 July 2013] https://www.europeansources.info/record/communication-on-improving-olafs-governance-and-reinforcing-procedural-safeguards-in-investigations-a-step-by-step-approach-to-accompany-the-establishment-of-the-european-public-prosecutors-office/
European Commission's Communication on better protection of the Union’s financial interests: setting up the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and reforming Eurojust https://www.europeansources.info/record/communication-on-better-protection-of-the-unions-financial-interests-setting-up-the-european-public-prosecutors-office-and-reforming-eurojust/

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