16 countries of the European Union expressed their intention to to launch an enhanced cooperation to establish a European public prosecutor's office (EPPO) to fight fraud against the EU budget. This was reported at the website of the European Council.
The EPPO will be in charge of investigating, prosecuting and bringing to justice the perpetrators of offenses against the Union's financial interests.
"The notification letter received today includes 16 signatories: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia," the message reads.
It was also informed that other member states are expected to join the process any time.