Minister for Justice, Equality and Governance Edward Zammit Lewis held a meeting via video conferencing facilities with Ms Laura Codruța Kövesi, the European Chief Prosecutor for the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO), an Office which is currently being set up with the main aim of enhancing the investigation, the prosecution and the bringing to judgment of offences affecting the Union's financial interests, such as fraud and money laundering offences.
During said meeting, Ms Kövesi expressed her satisfaction at the fact that, despite the objective obstacles faced by Malta in nominating a European Prosecutor on the College of Prosecutors within this Office due to the limited pool of eligible applicants, Malta managed to work very efficiently and effectively with the European Commission and the current German Presidency of the Council of the EU to unblock the deadlocked situation.
The Minister also explained that the significant number of reforms being undertaken at national level are intended to strengthen the quality, independence and efficiency of the national justice structures and institutions. This is being achieved through a structured dialogue with the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, as well as with the European Commission.
The government will now commence the process of selecting two European Delegated Prosecutors to join this Office, who will be seated in Malta. This will be done through an open public call for applications.
Minister Edward Zammit Lewis concluded that, “the government is committed to continue promoting reforms in the context of a holistic national justice reform. This is exactly what the Robert Abela Administration has promised, and this is what this Administration is delivering."