European Prosecutor's Office

Home Department written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Manchester, Blackley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response he has made to the proposal of the President of Eurojust that a European Prosecutor's Office be established; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Meg Hillier Meg Hillier Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Identity)

holding answer 29 March 2010

There is no proposal to establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPP).

While the Lisbon Treaty created a legal base for an EPP any proposal would have to be agreed by unanimity of all member states. The UK would also have the choice whether or not to participate by virtue of our Justice and Home Affairs Opt-In Protocol. So, under no circumstances could we be obliged to take part in the creation of an EPP if a proposal was made.

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