The European Commission is taking action to improve Union-wide prosecution of criminals who defraud EU taxpayers by establishing a European Public Prosecutor’s Office. Its exclusive task will be to investigate and prosecute and, where relevant, bring to judgement – in the Member States’ courts – crimes affecting the EU budget. The European Public Prosecutor’s Office will be an independent institution, subject to democratic oversight.
The proposal guarantees stronger protection of procedural rights for individuals concerned by European Public Prosecutor’s Office investigations than currently exists under national systems.
This includes for example the right to interpretation and translation, the right to information and access to case materials or the right of access to a lawyer in case of detention.
In parallel to the creation of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Commission is proposing a reform of the European Union’s Agency for criminal justice cooperation (Eurojust) and presenting a Communication on the governance of the EU Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).
To read more about this proposal, see the full press release here.