The EPPO’s Field of Operations—Jurisdiction and Coordination

27 November 2019
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Key takeaways:
  • The European Public Prosecutor’s Office will investigate and prosecute offences such as fraud and corruption where they affect the EU’s financial interests. In this third of a series of updates, we focus on the EPPO’s jurisdiction and how its prosecutors will coordinate with each other across the EU, as well as with their national counterparts.
  • The EPPO’s substantive jurisdiction is potentially significant, covering in particular fraud, corruption, and money laundering committed in relation to operations affecting either EU spending (such as infrastructure support), or revenues (such as import duties).
  • Potentially significant differences between the national legal systems where the EPPO will operate will likely complicate both its internal case management, but also its relations with national prosecuting authorities.