22 Jul 2021
Slovenia now risks court action unless it rapidly appoints two prosecutors to the recently-established EU watchdog tasked to fight financial crimes.
“We will think about a possible procedure before the court,” EU justice commissioner Didier Reynders said on Tuesday (20 July).
Slovenia is currently at the helm of the rotating six-month EU presidency. It had also signed up to the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), based in Luxembourg.
The EPPO is mandated to crack down on VAT fraud and theft from the EU budget.
Each participating member state is required to send delegated prosecutors to best investigate criminal cases in their respective countries.
“We are late, we are too late. Normally it was for the 1st of June,” noted Reynders of supposed Slovenian appointments.
He said the commission will consider its options at the end of the summer, should the Slovenians still fail to dispatch its prosecutors.
“It must be very fast. Without that, we will have to take some initiatives,” said Reynders.
The names of 29 potential Slovenian candidates were submitted domestically at the end of July last year.
By Nikolaj Nielsen, euobserver, 22 July 2021
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