Extracts from the joint press conference by Viviane Reding and Algirdas Šemeta on the EC proposal for establishing a European Public Prosecutor's Office
On 17 July 2013, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, and Algirdas Šemeta, Member of the EC in charge of Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud, held a press conference on the proposal by the Commission to establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office.
The European Public Prosecutor's Office will be an independent institution, subject to democratic oversight. Its exclusive task will be to investigate and prosecute and, where relevant, bring to judgement – in the Member States' courts - crimes affecting the EU budget. PHOTOSHOTLISTLINKLINK