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European Public Prosecutor's Office

Under Article  86 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the European Union may establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office.

This Office would be an independent EU body, responsible for investigating and prosecuting those committing offences against the EU's financial interests, most notably fraud.

Equipped with its own powers and competences, the European Public Prosecutor's Office would substantially enhance the current efforts at national levels, including with the assistance of OLAF and Eurojust. 

The Commission submitted the proposal for the establishment of European Public Prosecutor's Office in 2013. Fourteen chambers of national parliaments in 11 EU countries raised concerns on subsidiarity grounds. Following a thorough scrutiny of the proposal, the Commission concluded that the proposal complies with the principle of subsidiarity.

The proposal is currently under negotiation.