The first European prosecutor general, Laura Kyoveshi, complained today to two committees in the European Parliament in Brussels that some countries are discreetly hampering her work so that her office cannot be fully operational this year.
“From day one, as soon as the office is operational, we will receive 3,000 cases of misuse of European funds and unpaid VAT on international transactions, and every year another 2000 will be added. Currently, I have 29 employees and 22 European prosecutors, plus 32 and национа delegated national prosecutors, “she said.
The quarter prosecutor puzzled the deputies much, and she explained that part of the 22 states participating in the European Attorney General’s Office did not want to separate prosecutors in European affairs only, but envisaged that half of the delegates would investigate half of the state and other cases, not related to the service. “How it can work in half a state, I have not seen a quarter prosecutor work for us in the morning for the national prosecutor’s office and be judged on the place when to appear in European cases and when in national cases,” Kyoweshi said .
The main problem he faces is financial. “Each year, cross-border VAT fraud of EUR 30-60 billion is carried out in the EU. And a few million can’t be found for the prosecutor’s office, which will be called on to return that money to European taxpayers, “she did not hide her bitterness.
To overcome passive resistance, Kyoveshi has begun a tour of the 22 countries that have joined her service, visiting two to three a week. It intends to appoint a different number of delegated prosecutors everywhere, depending on the number of cases. “If we want to get serious work done from day one, we need to start with prosecutors who work for us entirely and at least two from each country,” Kyoweshi told MEPs.
In addition to the reluctance of States to cooperate, it is also confronted with the indifference of the European Commission, which sent a representative to the meeting without being directly concerned with the topic. He admitted not being competent to speak, and angered Commissioner for Budgetary Control Monica Holmayer (Germany, CSU), who demanded more responsible EC behavior. The meeting was chaired by Bulgarian MEP Emil Radev. All EU countries except Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland are involved in building the Office of the European Prosecutor.