It is the interest of all citizens for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office to start functioning as soon as possible. Priority will be given to institutionalizing the Service and building relations with partner institutions and services, with non-participating Member States and with third parties, Minister of Justice Tsetska Tsacheva said at the Cluster Meeting on Foreign Affairs, Security and Defense, Migration and Justice.
Minister Tsacheva pointed out to the College of European Commissioners Frans Timmermans, Federica Mogherini, Johannes Hahn, Neven Mimica, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Christos Stylianides, Vera Jourova and Julian King that the Bulgarian Presidency counts on good communication and mutual cooperation in structuring the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
“We are encouraged by the fact that, by a large majority, the European Parliament gave the green light to the initiative”Tsetska Tsacheva – Minister of Justice
In her statement, she emphasized that the key goal in the Justice area is to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence and to establish a working mechanism for data storage. In her words, introducing a minimum standard at the European level for sending and executing legal aid applications for the provision of electronic evidence will be a useful tool in the fight against crime. These measures will make it easier for investigative bodies to exercise their competence.
Minister Tsacheva also drew attention to the Bulgarian Presidency’s ambition for successful conclusion of trialogues on the proposal for a Directive on countering money laundering by criminal law.