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Green light for the European Public Prosecutor's Office in Luxembourg

Last week, the European Parliament agreed to the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's Office to fight against tax avoidance

10-parquetOn 5th October, the European Parliament gave its approval for the creation of a European Public Prosecutor's Office in charge of opening enquiries and prosecuting structural funds fraud cases of the European Union or cross border tax avoidance frauds. This new European Institution should become operational between 2020 and 2021 and its headquarters will be based in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Sole jurisdiction across the European Union

According to the European Commission, each year, over 50 billion euros of VAT receipts slip through the net of Member States as a result of cross border fraud.

At this time, only national prosecuting authorities can investigate and condemn frauds committed against the EU, but their jurisdiction is limited to the national territory. The European Public Prosecutor's Office will constitute an additional link in the chain that will allow effective cross-border combating of tax fraud.

The Public Prosecutor's Office will be made up of a Public Prosecutor and of Prosecutors of all participating countries. They will ensure the coordination of police investigations of Deputy Public Prosecutors across all participating Member States.

Luxembourg – European capital

The new European Public Prosecutor's Office is far from being the first European Institution settling in Luxembourg. In fact, Luxembourg is home to the following European institutions, agencies and bodies (amongst others):

(article written by the editorial team of the portal

  • Updated 13-10-2017