The future cooperation between OLAF and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office

Chloé Brière, Anne Weyembergh

Establishing the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) will represent an important step for cross-border cooperation in criminal matters within the European Union, and more particularly for the protection of the Union’s financial interests. The EPPO’s work will complement the work carried out by the European Anti-Fraud Office. This article, based on a briefing paper commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Budgetary Affairs, at the request of the Committee on Budgetary Control, analyses future cooperation between these two bodies, OLAF and the EPPO. Three main dimensions of their cooperation are analysed as well as the elements of complexity that may influence it. The article highlights elements essential for their close cooperation and complementarity, especially with regard to a potential revision of OLAF’s legal framework.

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This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 722826.