Malta has decided to participate in the EPPO, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, whose exclusive task is to investigate and prosecute crimes affecting the EU budget and, where relevant, bring them to judgement in the member states’ courts.
Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici presented a letter to this effect to European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová during a cordial meeting held at the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government.
In the letter, Minister Bonnici stated that Malta recognises that the establishment of the EPPO is a major development for safeguarding the economic interests of the European Union and ensuring that union funds are employed for the achievement of the social and economic purposes for which they are intended.
The letter also says that the Government of Malta is confident that further coordination between the work of the EPPO, EUROPOL, Eurojust, the European Judicial Network and other community institutions and agencies will ensure progression to a higher level of police and judicial cooperation in Europe to the benefit of justice, peace and security.
In October 2017, the Ministry had stated that the reasons Malta did not want to form part of the EPPO were based on the principle of subsidiarity, the right for a country to retain certain sectors under its control.