Establishing working relations with the European Public Prosecutor’s Office
‘The EPPO and Eurojust have different, complementary competences and tools but the same assignment: to combat crime. I want the EPPO to become a centre of excellence for the seizure of criminal assets and a game-changer in the fight against cross-border VAT fraud. I look forward to engaging in efficient and pragmatic cooperation with Eurojust with this objective in mind.’
Laura Kövesi, European Public Prosecutor, during her visit to Eurojust in March 2020
The European Union is working towards setting up the EPPO, which will be an independent, decentralised prosecution office of the European Union with a mandate to investigate, prosecute and bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes affecting the EU budget.
The EPPO will work hand in hand with national authorities and will be a privileged partner to Eurojust. Throughout 2020, the two institutions were in close contact to lay the foundations for a working arrangement, which was signed on 11 February 2021 and will govern the cooperation at strategic, operational and administrative level.