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Friday, 13 October 2017

EU Commission: 20 member states confirm the creation of an European Public Prosecutor's Office

20 member states confirm the creation of an European Public Prosecutor's Office

On 12 October, the regulation establishing the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) was adopted by those member states which are part of the EPPO enhanced cooperation. The EPPO will be in charge of investigating, prosecuting and bringing to justice the perpetrators of offences against the Union's financial interests. It will bring together European and national law-enforcement efforts to counter EU fraud. 

"The creation of the European Public Prosecutor's Office is an important step in European justice cooperation, which will help to protect our taxpayers money. Even when criminals act across borders, we can now make sure they are brought to justice and that taxpayers' money is recovered."

Urmas Reinsalu, Estonian Minister of Justice

The EPPO central office will be based in Luxembourg. The date on which the EPPO will assume its investigative and prosecutorial tasks will be set by the Commission on the basis of a proposal from the European Chief Prosecutor once the EPPO has been set up. This date will not be earlier than three years after the entry into force of this regulation. 

So far, 20 member states have joined the enhanced cooperation: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.

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Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine

On 14 September 2017, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2017/1561[1].

The Council Decision renews the existing restrictive measures for a further six months, until 15 March 2018.

The Candidate Countries Montenegro* and Albania*, the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine align themselves with this Council Decision.

They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision.

The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it. 

[1] Published on 15.9.2017 in the Official Journal of the European Union no. L 237, p.72.

* Montenegro and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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Deal on further simplification of EU agricultural rules through the Omnibus regulation

On 12 October 2017 the Estonian presidency and the European Parliament reached a preliminary agreement on the agricultural part of the so-called Omnibus regulation. The Omnibus regulation amends the financial regulation governing the implementation of the EU budget as well as 15 sectorial legislative acts, including in the field of agriculture. 

The agreed rules make a series of technical improvements to the four regulations governing the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): direct payments, rural development, common market organisation and horizontal regulation. 

"I am glad to announce an agreement that reflects the position and priorities of the Council: simplification in continuity. In order to thrive, our farmers need to have a set of rules that are simple, effective and workable. Today we agreed on improvements that will make their daily life and the work of national administrations easier", said Marko Gorban, Chief negotiator, Estonian presidency

The new measures are part of a joint institutional effort to simplify the reformed Common Agricultural Policy in light of the experience acquired through its implementation, and offer member states additional leeway to act in line with specific national or regional needs. 

The agreement will have to be confirmed by the Special Committee on Agriculture during the meeting scheduled on Monday, 16 October.

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Daily News 13 / 10 / 2017

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 13 / 10 / 2017 Brussels, 13 October 2017 Employment: Commission report shows increased wage growth and swifter transitions from unemployment to employment Today, the Commission published its yearly report on Labour Market and Wage Developments in Europe.

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ESMA publishes the responses to its Consultation on technical advice under the new Prospectus Regulation

ESMA publishes the responses to its Consultation on technical advice under the new Prospectus Regulation

Friday 13 October 2017 15:39

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today the responses received to its Consultation on technical advice under the new Prospectus Regulation.

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