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Malta set to formally submit interest in joining EU Public Prosecutor's Office

12 March 2018


Member States agreed on legislation tied to EPPO during Maltese Presidency


Justice Minister Owen Bonnici has informed EU justice ministers that in the coming months, Malta is to formally submit its interest in joining the EU Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO). The submission, Dr Bonnici said, will be made in the coming months.


As things stand in the case of Malta, only local authorities can investigate and prosecute EU-fraud. Existing Union bodies (such as OLAF, Eurojust and Europol) do not have, and cannot be given, the mandate to conduct criminal investigations. Things are set to change after Malta joins.


Member states which are part of the enhanced cooperation on the creation of the EPPO, had agreed on legislation setting out the details of its functioning and role, which was incidentally facilitated by the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU.