EPPO signs working arrangement with the European Court of Auditors

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The European Public Prosecutor’s Office signed a working arrangement on 3 September 2021 with the European Court of Auditors (ECA). This arrangement aims to provide a structured framework for establishing and maintaining a cooperative relationship between both parties, for the purpose of protecting the EU budget.

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office and the ECA share a common interest in maximising efficiency in the fight against fraud, corruption and any other criminal damage to the EU’s financial interests, and in avoiding the duplication of effort wherever possible. This arrangement (full text available here) outlines the conditions for the close cooperation by which this can occur, in full respect of the respective mandates of the EPPO and the Court. These include: timely collaboration on information transmission, access and exchange; precautionary measures on the part of the ECA; the EPPO’s access to ECA premises for conducting investigations; and the EPPO’s provision of information to the ECA for auditing purposes. Both parties will also cooperate on training in areas of common interest, and may exchange staff.

 

Laura Kövesi, European Chief Prosecutor, European Public Prosecutor's Office, and Zacharias Kolias, Secretary-General, European Court of Auditors, sign Working Arrangement between European Public Prosecutor's Office and European Court of Auditors
Zacharias Kolias, Secretary-General, European Court of Auditors, and Laura Kövesi, European Chief Prosecutor, European Public Prosecutor's Office, sign Working Arrangement between the European Public Prosecutor's Office and the European Court of Auditors