(Luxembourg, 15 September 2023) – This week, Bulgaria’s Minister of Interior, Mr Kalin Stoyanov, and European Chief Prosecutor, Laura Codruța Kӧvesi signed a working arrangement with the aim to improve the cooperation between the European Delegated Prosecutors and Bulgaria’s Ministry of Interior in the investigations of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office’s (EPPO). Concretely, Bulgaria’s General Directorate of the National Police (Главна Дирекция Национална Полиция) and Bulgaria’s General Directorate for Combating Organised Crime (Главна Дирекция Борба с организираната престъпност) will designate police officers to work exclusively on EPPO investigations. They will be seconded to the premises of the European Delegated Prosecutors in Sofia and contribute decisively to a timely, independent and lawful conduct of the EPPO’s investigations. With the implementation of this working arrangement, Bulgaria is adopting the best European practice when it comes to combatting crime affecting the financial interests of the EU.
In order to improve the speed, quality and outcome of its investigations, the EPPO needs such dedicated and specialised police officers in all participating EU Member States.
The EPPO is the independent public prosecution office of the European Union. It is responsible for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment crimes against the financial interests of the EU.