A public call has been issued for two European Delegated Prosecutors.
In a statement, the Ministry of Justice, Equality and Governance stated that the Prosecutors ill be seated in Malta and part of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).
They will be responsible for those investigations and prosecutions under their responsibility, either because they instituted the proceedings themselves or they have been allocated to them. Moreover, they will follow the instructions of the Permanent Chamber in charge of a case, as well as from the supervising European Prosecutor. Additionally, the Delegated Prosecutor will also be responsible for bringing a case to judgement. The public call can be accessed here.
The EPPO is an independent and decentralised prosecution office of the European Union, with the competence to investigate, prosecute and bring to judgment crimes against the EU budget, such as fraud, corruption or serious cross-border VAT fraud.
The statement said that Malta remains steadfast in its aproach to meet the commitments undertaken upon becoming a participating member of the EPPO. An open public call has been issued to ensure transparency. Furthermore, the two European Delegated Prosecutors shall be nominated by the Maltese Government, and will be appointed by the College of Prosecutors upon a proposal by the European Chief Prosecutor, Ms Laura Codruța Kövesi. This is to ensure impartiality.