European Public Prosecutor to be established to tackle cross-border EU fraud

Released 12 October 2017

A new European Public Prosecutors Office to tackle cross border VAT fraud and crimes against the EU budget will be operational by early 2020.

On 12 October, the regulation establishing the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) was agreed by the European Council and adopted by the 20 member states which are part of the EPPO enhanced cooperation (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia). The EPPO, which will have its central office in Luxembourg, will be in charge of investigating, prosecuting and bringing to justice the perpetrators of offences against the Union's financial interests. It will bring together European and national law-enforcement efforts to counter EU fraud. The European Commission welcomed the decision stating that it will now work to make the European Public Prosecutor's Office operational by early 2020.

For more information, view the press releases:

20 member states confirm the creation of an European Public Prosecutor's Office

Joint Statement by Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger and Commissioner Věra Jourová on the Council's agreement to set up the European Public Prosecutor

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