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European Parliament President on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office

Press Release
Strasbourg
05-10-2017

“The establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office will take our fight against fraud to the next level, addressing cross-border fraud through better coordination across member states.

We must protect EU funding by making sure that irregularities are investigated, prosecuted and brought to justice in a systematic and evenly manner across Member States. This is what our citizens expect: accountability on tax-payer money" declared European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, welcoming the plenary vote today on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office through the enhanced cooperation mechanism.

“This is a first step forward for cooperation between national authorities. We are open to discuss possibilities of similar measures to combat terrorism and organised crime. Citizens expect Europe to be there where it can make a difference. Terrorists have no borders. To face terrorism we must therefore have no limits in the cooperation between national authorities," added Tajani.

“We call on the Member States not taking part of this enhanced cooperation to consider joining it in due time. We should avoid the fragmentation of our Union in the fight against fraud," concluded Tajani.

Note to editors:

Read the European Parliament Resolution here.

Read more on the European Parliament's position on the European Public Prosecutor’s Office here.

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