The President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, gave oral evidence on 7 May via videoconference to the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection, as part of the Committee’s inquiry into the role of the proposed European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) and its potential implications for the non-participating Member States such as the United Kingdom.
Ms Coninsx was invited to give evidence because the future EPPO will be established from Eurojust as stipulated by the Lisbon treaty. Ms Coninsx illustrated the need to integrate the future EPPO in the current landscape of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the EU and to establish strong links with national authorities as well as synergies with existing EU actors in the field, in particular Eurojust. In this context she provided insight into Eurojust’s functioning through its College, national desks and cooperation partners and highlighted Eurojust’s coordination tools and efforts to bring mutual recognition instruments to full effect. The commitment of Eurojust to closely cooperate with a future EPPO was reaffirmed while it was clarified that such support cannot lead to the detriment of Eurojust, being competent to deal with a wide range of serious cross-border crimes such as Trafficking in Human Beings, Drug Trafficking, Cybercrime and Terrorism.
A recording of the proceedings can be viewed here.
EU Sub-Committee E - Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection - is one of the six sub-committees of the House of Lords European Union Select Committee. It scrutinises EU proposals on: civil and criminal justice; fundamental rights; the EU's institutions, agencies and other bodies; EU citizenship; consumer protection; intellectual property and culture policy.
On 17 July 2013, the European Commission published its proposal for a Council Regulation on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office on the basis of Article 86 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union. At the same time the European Commission initiated a reform of Eurojust. The proposal would create the EPPO with a separate legal personality. The EPPO would be responsible for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment the perpetrators of, and accomplices in, offences affecting the financial interests of the EU.