Lords Committee to question Home Secretary on impact of European Public Prosecutor's Office on the UK

02 May 2014

The House of Lords EU Committee will next week take evidence from the Home Secretary Theresa May MP as part of its inquiry into the impact of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) on non-participating Member States such as the UK.

The evidence session will start at 4pm on Wednesday 7 May in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords. 

Ms May will give evidence alongside Home Office officials Emma Gibbons, Deputy Director of the International Directorate and Sunil Teeluck, Home Office legal advisor. 

The Committee will question the witnesses on a range of issues including:

  • Does the UK have a preference between the EPPO structure put forward by the Commission and the ‘collegiate model’ proposed by the Greek Presidency?
  • Does the potential heavy workload for the EPPO risk undermining its effectiveness from the outset?
  • How will the Government make sure the UK’s non-participation with the EPPO doesn’t mean it loses influence in OLAF and Eurojust?
  • What changes to UK law are likely to be necessary to accommodate the EPPO’s creation?
  • Will the creation of the EPPO mean Member States make fighting fraud against EU resources directly less of a priority?

Ahead of the session with the Home Secretary the Committee will take evidence via a video link from the President of Eurojust, Michèle Coninsx at 1.30pm on the same day. This session will include questions on the potential impact of the EPPO on Eurojust and the resources available to it.

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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