Štěpán Kořínek
Author’s affiliation: Faculty of Law, Charles University

The complications and perspectives of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office

Jurisprudence 3/2020 Section: Articles Page: 21–29

Keywords: European Public Prosecutor, European prosecution, European Union, criminal law, Laura Codruţa Kövesi, European Chief Prosecutor

Abstract: This article deals with an exploration of the current status of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office especially with respect to its perspectives and complications. The EPPO was established pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 implementing enhanced cooperation on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. The EPPO should be created by the end of 2020, whereas the finalization of its constitution is under way, particularly by appointing the European Chief Prosecutor. Currently the former Romanian prosecutor Laura Codruţa Kövesi has been elected as the first European Chief Prosecutor. Unfortunately, there are some complications associated with the establishment of the EPPO. This article is divided into three parts, including the introduction and conclusion. The first part presents the basic characteristics of the EPPO in general. The second section is focused on the position of the European Chief Prosecutor, namely Laura Kövesi. The third part analyses the complications of the establishment of the EPPO with amendments de lege ferenda.