The United States of Europe will have a united European prosecutor's office, too

Yesterday the European Parliament set out a position which contains certain astounding points. According to the document, the EP considers it essential to create a "unified, strong and independent" European Public Prosecutor's Office, which, in the original concept, would investigate the perpetrators of crimes against the financial interests of the EU, conduct the prosecution and have them answer for their actions before the court. There is nothing wrong with the EU's intentions to protect its interest. The problem lies in the fact that it wants to establish a supra-national prosecution office which is in contradiction with the provisions laid out in the founding treaties.

According to the proposal, the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) would be completely independent from the member states and it also projects the future vision of a Chief European Prosecutor which would be higher in the hierarchy than the prosecutor's offices of the member states. Thus it would have the right to take over a case from the prosecution services of the member states whenever it considers such cases to be in its own competency. Not only would EPPO have competency in criminal acts against the financial interests of the EU, it would also conduct investigations of any related or other crimes as well. In our view, this elastic law runs the risk of the Chief European Prosecutor' Office gaining unlimited power by extending its competency over numerous matters. The conclusion is that the EP advocates the establishment of a completely independent prosecution service above each member state and all law enforcement agencies.

According to a resolution passed by the Hungarian National Assembly in 2013, the EPPO's exclusive power would go beyond Article 86 of the treaty on the functioning of the European Union. Such a supra-national model of the EPPO would disproportionately limit the existing sovereignty of member states with regard to criminal law. We find it scandalous that Fidesz' EP delegation failed to vote against this position even though the party had rejected the proposal in the Hungarian National Assembly as well as in the local media. In Hungary, Fidesz pretends to be the great champion of national sovereignty, while in Brussels they fail to block these proposals, playing a false double game again. Fidesz' MEPs do not represent Hungarian national interests at all.

 

Gábor Staudt

Jobbik MP, Hungarian National Assembly