European Public Prosecutor’s Office: Commission's Communication

The European Commission has issued a Communication analysing and responding to reasoned opinions issued by national Parliaments regarding the compliance of the proposal to establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office.

Following the triggering of the subsidiarity control mechanism foreseen under Article 7.2 of Protocol No 2, the European Commission has issued a Communication analysing and responding to reasoned opinions issued by national Parliaments regarding the compliance of the proposal to establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office ( IP/13/709, MEMO/13/693) with the principle of subsidiarity. Following a thorough analysis of the reasoned opinions received from 14 national parliamentary chambers in 11 Member States on the basis of the principle of subsidiarity, the Commission confirms that its proposal complies with the principle of subsidiarity as enshrined in the EU Treaties and decides to maintain its proposal explaining the reasoning behind this decision. The Commission reaffirms that the protection of the EU budget against fraud can be better achieved at Union level, by reason of its scale and effects. The Commission will, nevertheless, take due account of the opinions submitted by national parliaments during the on-going legislative process. The setting up of the European Public Prosecutor's Office is explicitly called for by the Lisbon Treaty (Article 86 TFEU). This Treaty article also foresees a special procedure for the adoption of the European Public Prosecutor's Office: if unanimity cannot be reached in the Council, a group of at least nine Member States can go ahead with the proposal entering into an enhanced cooperation.

Communication

Last update: 29/11/2013 |  Top