L-R: Sam Tanson, Minister of Justice; Laura Codruta Kövesi, Head of the European Public Prosecutor's Office; Credit: MJ

On Tuesday, Laura Codruta Kövesi, the first European Public Prosecutor, was in Luxembourg to discuss the progress being made on the European Public Prosecutor's Office, which is set to be operational in the Grand Duchy by the end of this year.

Appointed the first European Public Prosecutor in October 2019, Laura Kövesi is responsible for organising the work of the future European Public Prosecutor's Office, as well as representing it, directing its activities and ensuring its proper functioning.

The European Public Prosecutor's Office should be operational at the end of 2020 and will have the task of finding, prosecuting and bringing to justice the perpetrators of offences affecting the financial interests of the European Union. 22 member states are currently participating in this enhanced cooperation establishing the European Public Prosecutor's Office.

During her visit to Luxembourg yesterday, Laura Kövesi met with Minister of Justice, Sam Tanson, to discuss the progress of implementation work, the operating budget and the recruitment procedures of the European Public Prosecutor's Office.

As the host state of this new EU body, Luxembourg continues to work closely with the services of the European Commission with the aim of ensuring the conditions necessary for its proper functioning while respecting the planned timetable.

Joining the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the General Court of the European Union, the Court of Justice of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA Court), the Benelux Court of Justice and, in the near future, the Unified Patent Court, the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's Office in Luxembourg could further consolidate the Grand Duchy's place as a centre of international competence in matters of justice.