Conference on the Establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) - "State of Play and Perspectives"

07 - 08 July 2016
  • Starts at: 12:30h
  • Fee: €50
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: The T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the Law Faculty of Leiden University
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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Ever since the European Commission issued its legislative proposal, six consecutive EU Council Presidencies have been guiding negotiations on this flagship project in the policy Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). The time is ripe to examine the legislative drafts agreed between EU Member States at the end of the Dutch Presidency of the Council. Elements of the PIF directive related to the draft EPPO regulation will be discussed as well.

Presentations and discussions will be held on the implications of EPPO for the functioning of the AFSJ, the relevant agencies, the national prosecuting authorities, as well as for suspects and victims.

These include major issues of fundamental rights, procedural safeguards and judicial review in the multilevel setting of the proposed EPPO, as well as of the scope of its jurisdiction in relation to its counterparts of the Member States.

Key topics of debate will be:

  • Recap of the outcome of three years of negotiations on the legislative proposal;
  • Assessment of the available drafts in terms of legal quality and Better Regulation;
  • Substantive issues of EPPO’s legislative framework, also in relationship with the PIF directive; and
  • Procedural and institutional issues ensuing from the EPPO legislative framework.

Confirmed speakers include among others: 

  • Prof. Dr John VERVAELE, Utrecht University, President of the AIDP
  • Mr Tom de BRUIJN, Alderman of the City of The Hague, Former Permanent Representative of The Netherlands to EU
  • Ms Dagmar FILLOVACriminal Law Legislation Division, Ministry of Justice of Slovakia
  • Mr Peter CSONKAAdviser of the Criminal Justice Directorate, Commission 
  • Mr Jan Watse FOKKENS, Procurator General, Supreme Court of the Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr Ester HERLIN-KARNELL, VU University Amsterdam
  • Prof. Valsamis MITSILEGAS, Queen Mary University, London, UK
  • Prof. Dr Holger MATT, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt am Main
  • Prof. Dr Rosaria SICURELLA, Università di Catania
  • Mr Eric SITBON, Legal Adviser, Council Legal Service
  • Prof. Dr Michiel LUCHTMAN, Utrecht University 
  • Dr Els de BUSSER, The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr Andre KLIP, Maastricht University
  • Ms Irene SACRISTÁN SÁNCHEZ, Deputy Head of Unit Policy Development and Hercule, OLAF
  • Prof. Anne WEYEMBERGH, Free University of Brussels
  • Mr Hubert LEGAL, Director-General, Legal Adviser to the Council
  • Prof. Dr Alex BRENNINKMEIJER, Member of the European Court of Auditors
  • Mr Klaus MEYER-CABRI, National Member for Germany at Eurojust, chair of the Eurojust Brussels Team and member of the Eurojust Task Force dealing with EPPO

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Who should attend?
Judges, public prosecutors, criminal law practitioners, criminal law and EU law scholars, Member States’ representatives and experts from the institutions and think tanks from EU Member States.

The conference will be held in English.

Date & Time: Thursday 7 July (12:30–19:00) and Friday 8 July (09:00–17:30), 2016
Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague, The Netherlands

This event has been made possible by support from the Hercule III Programme administered by OLAF – the European Anti-Fraud Office. undefined