Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici presented a letter to European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová by which Malta notified its intention to participate in the EPPO, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Minister Bonnici presented the letter during a cordial meeting held this morning with Commissioner Jourová at the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government. In the letter, Minister Bonnici states that Malta recognises that the establishment of the EPPO is a major development for safeguarding the economic interests of the European Union and ensures that union funds are employed for the achievement of the social and economic purposes for which they are intended.
The letter also says that the Government of Malta is confident that further coordination between the work of the EPPO, EUROPOL, Eurojust, the European Judicial Network and other community institutions and agencies will ensure progression to a higher level of police and judicial cooperation in Europe to the benefit of justice, peace and security.
The EPPO’s exclusive task is to investigate and prosecute crimes affecting the EU budget and, where relevant, bring them to judgement in the member states’ courts.