Twenty EU states to set up pros­e­cu­tor body

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

BRUS­SELS (Reuters) – Greece, Cyprus and 18 other Euro­pean Union coun­tries agreed yes­ter­day to set up an EU-wide pros­e­cu­tion ser­vice to in­ves­ti­gate and bring to court cases in­volv­ing mis­use of EU funds or large-scale VAT fraud. The Euro­pean Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice (EPPO) will be based in Lux­em­bourg and take on cross-bor­der cases that na­tional prose­cu­tors alone of­ten find dif­fi­cult to track. It is en­vis­aged it will not be oper­a­tional for an­other three years. Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent JeanClaude Juncker said last month that the EPPO should also be tasked with pros­e­cut­ing cross-bor­der ter­ror­ism. “This of­fice is 20 years in the mak­ing and while it is still not a Euro­pean FBI, this is an im­por­tant step nonethe­less,” anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign­ers Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional said in a state­ment. The pros­e­cu­tor’s reach will ini­tially be lim­ited to the 20 EU mem­ber-states that signed an agree­ment yes­ter­day, though oth­ers may join at a later stage. The coun­tries which have not signed up are Malta, the Nether­lands, Ire­land, Poland, Hun­gary, Swe­den, Den­mark and Bri­tain, which is ne­go­ti­at­ing its exit from the bloc.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.