Finland signs recruitment deal with new EU Prosecutor’s Office – POLITICO
Finland and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office have settled a dispute over the appointment of local prosecutors, paving the way for the country’s full participation in the new body.
“Finnish authorities and #EPPO have reached agreement on delegated European prosecutors,” office said tweeted Friday. “We are working intensively on practical arrangements to help the Finnish authorities to implement them on time. ”
The Luxembourg-based organization, whose role is to discover and prosecute embezzlement of EU funds, relies on a network of so-called European delegated prosecutors in each of its 22 member countries.
The Chief of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, Laura Codruța Kövesi, argued that the new body should only have full-time deputy prosecutors. The Finnish government, on the other hand, had argued that only a small number of cases would fall to its deputy prosecutors, and that they should therefore be allowed to occupy the rest of their time with other work. The debate meant Finland did not have its prosecutors in place in time for the launch of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office on June 1.
But on Friday, both sides announced that a compromise had been found.
“It is now agreed that Finland would have two European Delegated Prosecutors, one working full time for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and the other at least initially mostly with national tasks,” said a spokesperson for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. Finnish mission to the EU. adding that “the operation of this agreement would be reassessed after a year or, where appropriate, earlier”.
Slovenia is the only other member of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office who has not yet appointed deputy prosecutors.