Fighting fraud: MEPs to take stock of European Public Prosecutor talks
The European Public Prosecutor to be named to fight fraud against the EU budget and help retrieve taxpayers' money must be fully independent and democratically accountable, MEPs insist in a draft resolution assessing the progress of EU countries’ long-running talks on plans for the post. The text will be debated on Tuesday and put to a vote on Wednesday.
Once EU member states agree to establish a European Public Prosecutor, Parliament will have to give its consent.
Background for editors
- The European Commission presented its proposal for a European Public Prosecutor's Office in July 2013
- In a resolution voted on 12 March 2014, MEPs urged the Council to involve Parliament in its work and made policy suggestions on key issues for the Prosecutor’s office, such as its structure, independence, decision-making process, sphere of competence, investigation tools, admissibility of evidence, judicial review and legal protection
- Only 31% of judicial recommendations by EU anti-fraud office OLAF resulted in indictments in 2006-2013
- Member states report that every year, around €500 million in EU expenditure and revenue is lost due to suspected fraud
Procedure: Interim report (non-legislative)
Debate: Tuesday, 28 April
Vote: Wednesday, 29 April
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