Bulgaria Supports EU Financial Crimes Prosecutor's Office

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | January 16, 2014, Thursday // 20:41
Bulgaria Supports European Financial Crimes Prosecutor's Office: Bulgaria Supports EU Financial Crimes Prosecutor's Office Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov, photo by BGNES

Bulgaria supports the establishment of a European Prosecutor's Office to investigate and refer to court perpetrators and accomplices in offenses against financial interests of the EU, but not other types of crimes.

This position of Bulgaria was expressed Thursday by Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov during an international conference on the topic held in Munich. It was organized by Bavaria's Chief State Prosecutor Christoph Stroetz. The forum was attended by Chief Prosecutors and representatives of Ministries of Justice of 6 other European countries, including France, Britain, Austria, Spain, and Germany.

"Our understanding is that the jurisdiction of the European Prosecutor's Office should not be expanded to other types of crimes, regardless of the cross-border element in them. This would weaken the powers of national prosecutions. In this sense, we consider this future European structure as a European Finance Prosecutor's Office," is Tsatsarov's view.

To support the need for a European Prosecutor's Office he pointed as example the failures of the Bulgarian judiciary in the notorious SAPARD case of misuse of EU funds, while German nationals, participants in the same fraud, have been convicted in Germany.

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