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September 27, 2020

PG Lazar at Eurojust event in Hague: Operationalization of European Prosecutor’s Office – important stage in development of judicial cooperation in criminal matters in EU

The operationalization of the European Prosecutor’s Office is an important stage in the development of judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the EU, Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar stressed on Thursday at an event organized by Eurojust on the occasion of Romania’s taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Augustin Lazar pointed out that this moment, when Romania is holding the Presidency of the Council, represents an important stage in the development of judicial cooperation in criminal matters of the European Union, with direct reference to the operationalization of the European Prosecutor’s Office, the first supranational prosecution authority in history, part of the European judicial order.

In this context, the prosecutor general mentioned Romania’s important contribution, stating that the idea of the European Prosecutor’s Office was inspired by a 1925 proposal of the famous Romanian professor Vespasian V. Pella to set up an international public ministry, informed a release from the Prosecutor’s Office.

The prosecutor general, who was the special guest of the event, expressed his conviction that the future cooperation between the European Prosecutor’s Office and Eurojust would form the cornerstone of an institutional structure of the European Union capable of effectively combating crimes against its financial interests.

Augustin Lazar also had a meeting with the members of the Eurojust National Bureau and the Romanian staff of the European institution.

Speeches were also delivered by the President of Eurojust, Ladislav Hamran, Romania’s national representative to Eurojust, Daniela Buruiana, and Romania’s Ambassador in The Hague, Brandusa Predescu. The speeches focused on the priorities of Eurojust and Romania, with emphasis on justice and the role of our country in the Cyber file, the quoted source mentioned.

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