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Prosecutions: EU Action

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on judicial systems in the UK of the European Public Prosecutor envisaged under the provisions of the Lisbon treaty; and if he will make a statement. (312431)

There has been no assessment of the impact of a European Public Prosecutor (EPP) on judicial systems in the UK because no proposal to create such a body has been presented.

While the Lisbon treaty created a legal base for an EPP any proposal seeking to take advantage of that legal base would have to be agreed by unanimity of all participating member states. The UK would also have the choice whether or not to participate by virtue of our Justice and Home Affairs Opt-In Protocol. Therefore, under no circumstances could we be obliged to take part in the creation of an EPP were a proposal to be made.