Written statement to Parliament

European Commission’s proposals on Eurojust and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office

This WMS was laid on 2 December 2013 in the House of Commons by James Brokenshire and in the House of Lords by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Security (James Brokenshire):

The government has decided not to opt in to the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Co-operation (Eurojust) at this time. The government will, however, conduct a thorough review of the final agreed text to inform active consideration of opting into the Eurojust Regulation post adoption.

The government values UK membership of Eurojust as currently established where Eurojust’s role is about providing support and coordination to investigations and prosecutions in cases of cross-border crime. That is why the government are seeking to rejoin those arrangements as part of the 2014 opt out decision. However, the Commission’s new proposal creates substantial concerns; most notably by extending the mandatory powers of Eurojust National Members and through the proposed interaction between Eurojust and the parallel proposal for the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office.

As confirmed in the coalition agreement, the government will not participate in the establishment of any EPPO.

We will remain a full and active participant in both the Eurojust and EPPO negotiations to defend our national interests.

Published 2 December 2013