Lords quiz legal experts on role of European Public Prosecutor

31 March 2014

A former President of Eurojust is one of the witnesses who will appear before the House of Lords Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection EU Sub-Committee on Wednesday 2 April, as it continues its investigation into the role of the proposed new European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).

At 3.50pm, the Committee will question:

  • Mike Kennedy, former President of Eurojust;
  • Dr Anna Bradshaw, a member of the Law Society of England and Wales’ EU Committee; and
  • James MacGuill, Chair of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe’s (CCBE) Criminal Law Committee.

Questions the witnesses are likely to face include: 

  • What is your view on our recent report’s findings that some Member States are unenthusiastic about pursuing crimes against the EU’s financial interests?
  • Do you agree that any decision to prosecute an individual for fraud on the EU’s finances should remain with the relevant national authority?
  • What potential problems do you see rising from the fact that the current draft of the EPPO does not address the position of non-participating Member States?
  • The UK has not opted into the proposed EPPO. The Director General of OLAF has suggested that our judicial system will not be affected by it. Do you agree?
  • If the EPPO comes into existence, what steps would be necessary to protect the position of the non-participating Member States?

The evidence session will take place on Wednesday 2 April at 3.50pm in Committee Room 1.

The session will be webcast at www.parliamentlive.tv and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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