17/07/2013 at 12:30
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Justice and citizens rights
Organiser: European Commission
On Wednesday 17 July the European Commission will put forward proposals to set up the European Public Prosecutor's Office and strengthen Eurojust (the European Union's agency dealing with judicial co-operation in criminal matters). The setting up of the European Public Prosecutor's Office is called for by the Lisbon Treaty (article 86 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union) as is the strengthening of Eurojust (article 85). The European Prosecutor will be competent only for the investigation, prosecution and bringing to justice of offences affecting the EU's budget. It will be set up using existing resources at European level, building on the experience of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and working in close cooperation with Eurojust.
In May 2011, the Commission adopted a Communication foreseeing several areas where criminal law could be further improved to protect the EU's financial interests, including setting up a specialised European Public Prosecutor's Office (see IP/11/644). President Barroso in his last State of the Union speech reiterated the importance of setting up the European Public Prosecutor's Office to better protect the financial interests of the EU (see SPEECH/12/296).
Vice-President Viviane Reding and Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta will hold a press conference on Wednesday 17 July at 12:30 CET in the Berlaymont press room, followed by a technical briefing off-the record with Commission experts. Press materials will also be made available on the day.