|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
Reports and analyses published throughout the process for selecting the first Chief Prosecutor of the European Prosecutor's Office (EPPO).
The European Chief Prosecutor is set to head the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO), set up by Regulation (EU) 2017/1939. This is an independent office in charge of investigating, prosecuting and bringing to justice crimes against the budget of the European Union (EU). The Chief Prosecutor is jointly appointed by common accord, by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. The EPPO team also features a College of Prosecutors from all participating countries.
The shortlisted names to head the EPPO were Jean-François Bohnert (France), Andrés Ritter (Germany) and Laura Codruţa Kövesi (Romania). Mr Bohnert took an early lead by collecting the Council support, but later Ms Kövesi was selected as the preferred candidate by the Parliament. Media sources reported on the opposition of the Romanian government to Ms Kövesi's bid to lead the EU's Prosecutor Office. Due to the contrasting positions, the two institutions struggled to reach an agreement on the selected candidate.
Due to the dispute between institutions - and the intervention of Romania's own government - discussions on the appointment of EPPO Chief Prosecutor were expected to resume once the new European Parliament composition was installed.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Corruption | Fraud | Mismanagement|
|Keywords||European Public Prosecutor's Office [EPPO]
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|