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Asser Institute Conference on the EPPO

10/09/2013

​Ms Coninsx participated on 6 September in the T.M.C. ASSER Institute’s conference on the proposal for the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The conference, entitled Criminal law protection of the European Union’s financial interests: a shared constitutional responsibility of the EU and its Member States?, provided a forum for discussion of the European Commission’s recent proposal on the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).  Distinguished guests and speakers included the Prosecutor General of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, representatives from the City of The Hague, representatives from EU institutions and national prosecution authorities as well as academics. 

Ms Coninsx’s keynote speech outlined the current framework and actors in the protection of the EU’s financial interests and highlighted the need for a future EPPO to be integrated in the landscape of judicial cooperation in criminal matters. She underlined that ensuring close ties with Eurojust certainly represents a key element in the successful establishment and functioning of an EPPO.

This point was further developed by Ms Deboyser, Head of the Legal Service, during the forum discussion closing the conference. The need for close cooperation between Eurojust and a future EPPO was emphasized, particularly regarding the sharing of information, cases for which the EPPO might not be competent, assistance in the determination of ancillary competence, and relations with Member States not participating in the EPPO and third States.