Investigating and prosecuting PIF offences in cooperation with the EPPO

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Investigating and prosecuting PIF offences in cooperation with the EPPO

 

The project

This project, that is co-financed by the Justice Programme 2014-2020 of the European Union, seeks the momentum to make legal practitioners familiar with the forthcoming European Public Prosecutorís Office (EPPO) that shall become fully operational by the end of 2020. Cooperation with the EPPO will become part of the practice of prosecutors, law enforcement and customs officials, judges as well as defence lawyers from all over the EU. Hence, this seminar series will offer a timely introduction to their forthcoming cooperation with the EPPO.

The concept

The project consists of 4 seminars taking place in Trier, given its proximity to Luxembourg where the EPPO will have its seat and where a preliminary office may already exist by the time the seminars take place and possibilities to visit that office may arise.
 
A unique feature of the training events will be that prosecutors, judges, and defence lawyers from all EU Member States will be brought together in the same training.

Programme

During the training, participants will learn about the final structure of the EPPO, its competence, role and tasks, judicial control, procedural safeguards, cooperation with non-participating EU Member States, third states, OLAF and Eurojust. At the heart of the training will be questions regarding the cooperation with the EPPO in practice. How will investigations with the EPPO take place? What investigative measures exist? What about the gathering and admissibility of foreign evidence?
 
Regarding their content and main target groups, the seminars will have the following distinction:

  1. The first seminar, taking place in March 2019, will offer a comprehensive overview on the structure of the EPPO, its competence, role and tasks, judicial control, procedural safeguards, cooperation with non-participating EU Member States, third states, OLAF and Eurojust.
    This seminar is targeted at prosecutors, judges, and defence lawyers from all EU Member States.
    The event will take place in English with simultaneous interpretation into French and German.
  2. The second seminar, taking place in May 2019, will focus on the competences of the EPPO and cooperation with national authorities bound by the EPPO Regulation.
    This seminar is especially targeted and prosecutors bound by the EPPO Regulation. It is also open to interested judges and defence lawyers as well as law enforcement officials, customs officials, and prosecutors from all EU Member States.
    The event will take place in English.
  3. The third seminar, taking place in October 2019, will focus on procedural rights and free movement of evidence within an EPPO case.
    This seminar is especially targeted at defence lawyers but also open to prosecutors and judges from all EU Member States.
    The event will take place in English.
  4. The fourth seminar, taking place in February 2020, will focus on cross-border investigations within the EPPO and with non-participating Member States.
    This seminar is especially targeted at prosecutors from EU Member States including those not bound by the EPPO Regulation. It is also open to interested judges and defence lawyers from all EU Member States.
    The event will take place in English.

Networking opportunities

These personal contacts with colleagues form other EU Member States and different professions working with PIF offences in cooperation with the EPPO will foster mutual understanding and hence strengthen the judicial systems.

Organiser and Partners

The project is organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA).
Furthermore, the project is supported by the following partners:

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  • Cornelia Riehle Deputy Head of Section European Criminal Law phone: +49 (0)651 937 37 302 fax: +49 (0)651 937 37 919

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