Civil Liberties Committee to hold extraordinary meeting on 9 March in Strasbourg

european-parliament-strasbourg1Today (9 March), from 19-19h45 in Strasbourg, the Civil Liberties Committee will vote on a draft interim report by Monica Macovei (EPP, RO). The proposed European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) would have the exclusive competence for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment crimes against the EU budget. Every year, around €500 million in EU expenditure and revenue is lost due to suspected fraud.   

The European Commission tabled the proposal to create a EPPO in July 2013. The Council will have to approve it by unanimity after obtaining the European Parliament’s consent.

This new interim report aims to outline the political priorities of the European Parliament and underline principles and conditions under which Parliament might consent to the proposal. In its EPPO resolution of 12 March 2014, Parliament made a number of political suggestions addressing some of the most crucial aspects at stake: structure, independence, decision making process, competence, investigation tools, admissibility of evidence, judicial review and legal protection.

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