Draft bill on Justice Ministry’s website: The European Prosecutor is to be proposed by the Minister of Justice

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Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has posted the draft law on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) on the website of the institution.

Romania’s proposals for the office of European Prosecutor would be made by the Minister of Justice, ziare.com reports.

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office will be responsible for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to justice the perpetrators of crimes that bring harm to the financial interests of the Union. According to the Regulation, the investigations will be conducted by the Delegated European Public Prosecutors located in each Member State.

According to the draft bill, the interviews for this position will be conducted by a commission chaired by the Justice Minister. No other institution in Romania will have any role in the designation for the European position.

The Prosecutor General’s Office and the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) will have one representative each in the interview commission. This committee will be headed by the Minister of Justice, and two other members appointed by him will be in the same commission.

According to the EPPO Regulation, each Member State will have one European prosecutor, who will work at the EPPO headquarters in Luxembourg.

According to article 16 of the EPPO Regulation, each Member State designates three candidates for the office of European Prosecutor, and the appointment of one of them is made by the EU Council for a six-year term, by simple majority, after receiving the reasoned opinion of a selection panel, term which cannot be renewed, but can be extended by the Council by up to three years.

Each European Chief Prosecutor will be able to propose two delegated European prosecutors who will work in Romania. The European Delegated Prosecutors are appointed for a five-year term, which can be renewed.

The draft law put on public debate by Tudorel Toader must establish the procedure for appointing the three candidates for the position of European Prosecutor on behalf of Romania.

 

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