How to Work with the European Public Prosecutor’s Office?

Project number: 2152001

European Centre for Judges and Lawyers (ECJL), Luxembourg (LU)

Date & pricing

09/11/2021 - 10/11/2021
Register before: 03/11/2021

€ 900,00 per attendee

€ 810,00 for EIPA members*

How to Work with the European Public Prosecutor’s Office?

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The European Public Prosecutor’s Office has become fully operational by the end of 2020 and cooperation with the EPPO will become part of the everyday work of legal practitioners, especially prosecutors, law enforcement and customs officials, judges as well as defence lawyers from all over the EU.

About this course

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) will be an independent and decentralised prosecution office of the European Union, with the competence to investigate, prosecute and bring to judgment crimes against the EU budget, such as fraud, corruption or serious cross-border VAT fraud.

The EPPO will operate as a single office across all participating Member States and will combine European and national law-enforcement efforts in a unified, seamless and efficient approach. The EPPO will be the key actor to fight crimes against the EU budget, which is EU taxpayers’ money. The EPPO will ensure that its activities respect the rights guaranteed by the Charter of fundamental rights of the EU, including the right to fair trial and the right to defence.

From 2021 the judiciary, prosecutorial service, legal practitioners and law enforcement officials Member State’s judiciary, prosecutorial services, will have to work with the EPPO in tackling large-scale, cross-border crimes against the EU budget. Understanding the competences of the EPPO and how those effect national criminal justice in based on Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 is therefore vital in efficient handling of criminal investigations and prosecutions related to the crimes against the EU’s financial interest.

The seminar provides a practice oriented introduction to the working structures and functions of the EPPO and explains how it will collect evidence, investigate and prosecute in cooperation with the national authorities in winding up crimes against the EU’s financial interest.

The objective of the seminar is to make legal practitioners ready to work with the EPPO by explaining what competences and procedures have the EPPO at its disposal and how national law complements those?

Participants will understand

  • In what cases does the EPPO proceed?
  • How the EPPO investigates and prosecutes?
  • How does the EPPO work with national authorities on the field of criminal justice?

Participants will know how to work with the EPPO on a daily basis in combatting crimes against the EU’s financial interest, what procedural safeguards are at place and what judicial review is available in cases handled by the EPPO.

The seminar is especially opened for Legal practitioners working in the field of criminal law especially dealing with economic and financial crimes, fraud, organised crime, crimes against the financial interest of the EU, VAT fraud and related crimes but is also open to those who wish to know more about this very new body of the European Union.

The seminar is based on presentations complemented with practice oriented discussions led by experts who have and in –depth understanding of the EPPO. Departing from the very rich academic writing on the EPPO the seminar will focus on practical issues arising in the daily operation EPPO.

Attending the seminar participants will have a clear understanding of the EPPO and how to work with this new entity.

Course methodology/highlights:

Is it a quick or an in-depth course? Is it small-scale, interactive and practice-based? Is there an important speaker or contribution? How do participants benefit from the methodology? Is the course case-driven? Is a basic level of knowledge required? (Advanced or basic level) Do you need to prepare for the course?

How will it help you?

The course aims to familiarize legal practitioners with the role and competence of the EPPO to enable them to efficiently work with the new EU level prosecutorial office.

Participants will acquire a distinguished understanding of

  • crimes against the financial interests of the EU combatted chiefly by the EPPO,
  • competences of the EPPO in carrying out investigations and prosecutions and its cooperation with national authorities, Eurojust, EUROPOL, OLAF and non -participating Member States
  • procedural safeguards and judicial review of EPPO measures and proceedings.

After-course support:

Participants will get access to EIPA learning management system and benefit from the learning paths to acquaint themselves with the respective policy areas covered by the course. In this way participants will benefit from guided learning before and after the course which will complement the face-to-face presentations and discussions offered throughout the course. Our experts will stay in touch with the participants through the course online forum after the course.

Who this course is for?

Legal practitioners working in the field of criminal law especially dealing with economic and financial crimes, fraud, organised crime, crimes against the financial interest of the EU, VAT fraud and related crimes as members of the national judiciary, prosecutorial services, law enforcement and customs officials and defence lawyers.

Learn how the EPPO will carry out investigations and prosecutions and how to work with the EPPO at the national level.

Petra Jeney

Petra Jeney

Freedom Security and Justice

Practical information

Course venue
European Centre for Judges and Lawyers – EIPA Luxembourg
8 rue Nicolas Adames
1114 Luxembourg

Programme Organiser
Ms Juliette Mollicone-Boussuge
Tel: +352 426 230 304

The fee includes documentation and refreshments, two lunches and a reception. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Early bird discount
EIPA offers an early bird discount of 50 euro. The early bird deadline is 27 September 2021

Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

Hotel reservations
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. All rates are including breakfast and tourist tax. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. At the time of booking, please mention in the requested field the reservation code: EIPA, unless indicated otherwise.


Luxembourg Centre

  • Grand Hotel Victor Hugo (Best Western Plus)****, at the rate of €175 (main building) or at the rate of €155 (annex building) (booking code: EIPA BWP 2020), via tel.: +352 26 27 440 or via e-mail:

City Centre

Railway Station Area

  • Hotel City****, at the rate of €200 (Monday to Thursday) and €150 (Friday to Sunday), tel.: +352 29 11 22; e-mail:; (Reservation code: EIPA)
  • Hotel JJ32**, at the rate of €135, tel.: +352 20 33 32 68; e-mail:; (Reservation code: EIPA BWP 2020)

Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants. EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).

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The programme

08.30 Registration of participants
09.00 Welcome and mutual introduction
Petra Jeney, Senior expert, European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, EIPA Luxembourg (LU)
09.15 The protection of the financial interests of EU – Scope of the term – Legal framework – Crossings of administrative and criminal provisions – Crimes against financial interests of EU – statistics/trends
Expert to be determined
10.30 Discussion
10.45 Coffee break
11.00 Introduction to the EPPO – Structure, status, material, territorial, and personal competences – Exercise of the competence of the EPPO
Peter-József Csonka, Head of unit, European Commission, DG JUST, Brussels (BE) (tbc)
12.15 Discussion
12.30 Lunch
14.00 Conducting an investigation – Terms and conditions with regard to reporting of an investigation  Initiating investigations or evocation – Investigation measures under the EPPO Regulation
Peter-József Csonka (tbc)
15.15 Discussion
15.30 Coffee break
15.45 Investigation measures – EU Cross-border investigation measures within the EPPO and conditions for investigative measures under the Member States’ national law – cooperation with EUROPOL and Eurojust – EPPO’s data protection regime
Expert to be determined
17.00 Discussion
17.30 End of the Day 1 followed by a reception
09.00 The EPPO and the national authorities – Judicial review  – Operations and cooperation with national authorities  – MS not participating at EPPO and third countries
Expert to be determined
10.15 Discussion
10.30 Coffee break
10.45 Cooperation with OLAF – The European Antifraud Office (OLAF) and its role in the protection of financial interests of EU – Legal framework – Operations and cooperation with national authorities: relationship between OLAF Administrative investigations and National Criminal investigations – Gathering evidence in OLAF investigations and its admissibility in national criminal investigations; – VAT fraud related
Expert to be determined
12.00 Discussion
12.15 Lunch
12.30 End of course