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16 Member States press ahead with European Public Prosecutor's Office
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"16 member states notified the three institutions of their intention to launch an enhanced cooperation to establish a European public prosecutor's office (EPPO). The EPPO will be in charge of investigating, prosecuting and bringing to justice the perpetrators of offences against the Union's financial interests.

The notification letter received today includes 16 signatories: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.

Other member states are expected to join the cooperation, which they are entitled to do at any time before or after the adoption of the EPPO regulation.

Negotiations at the Council will now resume in order to finalise the text."

See: European public prosecutor's office : 16 member states together to fight fraud against the EU budget (press release, pdf) and the most recent text of the Regulation, on which the Council will now restart negotiations: Proposal for a Regulation on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's Office - Draft Regulation (5766/17, pdf)

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