EPPO

The European Union is working towards setting up the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), which is expected to become operational at the end of 2020. The EPPO will be an independent, decentralised prosecution office of the European Union with a mandate to investigate, prosecute and bring to judgment the perpetrators of crimes affecting the EU budget.

Once active, to fulfil its mandate, the EPPO will work hand in hand with national law enforcement authorities and closely cooperate with other EU bodies, including Eurojust, Europol and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

The EPPO and Eurojust, acting as two strong, equal and independent institutions, will be privileged partners with a shared responsibility to protect the financial interests of the European Union. The EPPO will be a privileged partner to Eurojust with which a close relationship based on mutual cooperation will be established.

Eurojust will support and cooperate closely with the EPPO, based on trust and respect for each other’s mandates and competences and on the development of operational, administrative and management links. The specific provisions of Eurojust’s future relationship with the EPPO are outlined in Article 50 of the new Eurojust Regulation:

  • the President of Eurojust and the European Chief Prosecutor will meet regularly at each other’s request to discuss issues of common interest;

  • Eurojust will respond to requests for support from the EPPO without undue delay;

  • to support its cooperation with the EPPO, Eurojust will, whenever necessary, make use of the Eurojust national coordination system, as well as its relations with third countries, including Eurojust’s Liaison Magistrates;

  • Eurojust will inform the EPPO of relevant cross-border cases and associate it with its activities in operational matters relevant to the EPPO’s competences;

  • Eurojust and the EPPO will have indirect access to information in each other’s case management systems on the basis of a ‘hit/no-hit’ system; and

  • the EPPO may rely on the support and resources of the administration of Eurojust. To this end, Eurojust may provide services of common interest to the EPPO.

Eurojust and the EPPO will conclude a working arrangement covering operational cooperation (in particular outlining the practical details on the competence of each body), institutional relations and administrative matters.