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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From 2021, Member States’ judiciary and prosecutorial services as well as law enforcement officials will have to work with the EPPO in tackling large-scale, cross-border crimes against the EU budget. Understanding the EPPO’s competences and how these affect national criminal justice based on Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 is therefore vital in efficiently handling criminal investigations and prosecutions related to crimes against the EU’s financial interests.

About this course

From 2021, Member States’ judiciary and prosecutorial services as well as law enforcement officials will have to work with the EPPO in tackling large-scale, cross-border crimes against the EU budget. Understanding the EPPO’s competences and how these affect national criminal justice based on Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 is therefore vital in efficiently handling criminal investigations and prosecutions related to crimes against the EU’s financial interests.

The course provides a practice-oriented introduction to the EPPO’s working structures and functions and explains how the EPPO will collect evidence, investigate and prosecute in cooperation with the national authorities in combating crimes against the EU’s financial interests.

The objective of the course is to prepare legal practitioners for working with the EPPO, by explaining the EPPO’s competences and the procedures it follows and how national law complements them. By the end of the course, participants will be able to answer the following questions:

  • In what cases does the EPPO take action?
  • How does the EPPO investigate and prosecute?
  • How does the EPPO work with national authorities in the field of criminal justice?

How will it help you?

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

The course especially welcomes criminal law practitioners who deal with economic and financial crimes, fraud, organised crime, crimes against the financial interests 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 course is based on presentations that are supported by practice-oriented discussions led by experts who have an in-depth understanding of the EPPO. Departing from the very rich academic writing on the EPPO, the course will focus on the practical issues arising in the daily operation of the EPPO.

After-course support:

Participants will get access to the 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
j.boussuge@eipa.eu

Fee
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.

Discounts
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

Meals
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.

Kirchberg

City Centre

Railway Station Area

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

Payment
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

09.00 Welcome and mutual introductions
09.15 The protection of the financial interests of EU – Scope of the term – Legal framework – Common ground between administrative and criminal provisions – Crimes against the financial interests of the EU – Statistics/trends
Petra Jeney, Senior expert, European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, EIPA Luxembourg (LU)
10.30 Discussion
10.45 Break
11.00 Introduction to the EPPO – Structure, status, material, territorial and personal competences – Exercise of the competence of the EPPO
Petra Jeney
12.15 Discussion
12.45 Lunch
14.00 Conducting an investigation – Terms and conditions with regard to reporting an investigation – Initiating investigations or evocation – Investigation measures under the EPPO Regulation
Thomas Wahl, Senior Researcher, Department of Public Law at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law
14.45 Discussion
15.00 Break
15.15 Investigation measures – EU cross-border investigation measures at the EPPO and conditions for investigative measures under the Member States’ national law – Cooperation with EUROPOL and Eurojust – EPPO’s data protection regime
Thomas Wahl
16.00 Discussion
16.15 End of day 1
09.00 The EPPO and the national authorities – Judicial review – Operations and cooperation with national authorities – Member State not participating in EPPO and third countries
Petra Jeney
10.00 Discussion
10.15 Break
10.45 Cooperation with the European Antifraud Office (OLAF) – OLAF and its role in the protection of the EU’s financial interests – 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 and related crimes
NN (TBC)
12.15 Discussion
12.30 End of the course