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The European Public Prosecutor’s Office will also cooperate with EU countries not participating in its establishment

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2022 01 03

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The Government has approved the draft of legislation drawn up by the Ministry of Justice to supplement the national legal framework on the European Public Prosecutor’s Office’s ability to cooperate with EU countries not participating in its establishment.

It is planned to add to Lithuania’s declarations on competent judicial authorities designating the European Public Prosecutor’s Office as the competent judicial authority for cooperation in criminal matters also with EU countries not participating in its establishment, namely: Poland, Hungary, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark. 

Lithuania’s declarations and their notification to the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU will create a legal basis for the European Delegated Prosecutor based in Lithuania to effectively and efficiently carry out international judicial cooperation with the EU Member States that are not participating in enhanced cooperation in establishing a European Public Prosecutor’s Office. 

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office, which opened its doors in Luxembourg on 1st July this year, investigates crimes affecting the financial interests of the EU, including swindling, corruption, money laundering and cross-border VAT fraud. It is the first cross-border prosecutor’s office.
 
The European Union loses €60 billion annually to VAT fraud and an estimated €500 million to fraud affecting the financial interests of the EU. 
 
The European Public Prosecutor’s Office is expected to eventually investigate around 3,000 cases a year.
 
The European Public Prosecutor’s Office is headed by Laura Kovesi, Senior European Public Prosecutor. Lithuania’s representative to the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, Tomas Krušna, is under the authority of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Lithuania has three European delegated prosecutors: Jolita Kančauskienė, Vytautas Kukaitis and Gedgaudas Norkūnas, who are guided by our country’s laws and rules of procedure, and whose cases will be referred to the Lithuanian courts.

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office currently covers 22 EU countries.

The members of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office reached an agreement in 2017.