Law Enforcement by EU Authorities
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Law Enforcement by EU Authorities

Implications for Political and Judicial Accountability

Edited by Miroslava Scholten and Michiel Luchtman

EU law and governance have faced a new development – the proliferation of EU enforcement authorities, which have grown in number over the last 15 years. These entities, either acting alone or together with national enforcement authorities, have been investigating and sanctioning private actors on their compliance with EU law. Law Enforcement by EU Authorities investigates whether the system of control (in terms of both judicial and political accountability) has evolved to support the new system of law enforcement in the EU.
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Chapter 10: Judicial and political accountability for criminal investigations and prosecutions by a European Public Prosecutor’s Office in the EU: the dissymmetry of shared enforcement

John Vervaele


The overall picture of the institutional design shows that the EPPO will be fully dependent on the delegates in the national legal regimes for conducting the investigation. Because of the transnational character of many important fraud cases this means that the EPPO will have to apply EU law and different settings of national provisions. This shared enforcement with the delegates under national law this will result in a complex patchwork in which the legal consequences of its actions and the applicable procedural safeguards for suspects, victims and third parties will be quite unclear.

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