Looking Back: Conference on OLAF and the EPPO and Annual Meeting of the Associations

On 15 June 2018, Utrecht University, under the auspices of RENFORCE and in the framework of the HERCULE III Programme, organized the conference “OLAF and the EPPO in the new institutional setting for the protection of the financial interests of the EU”.

The conference aimed to provide the audience with a better understanding of the administrative and criminal responses to EU fraud both at present and in the near future. It brought together academics, practitioners and policy makers to discuss several aspects of the protection of the EU budget in light of the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. The main focus was on OLAF and the EPPO, and on their enforcement partners (both national authorities and IBOAs).

The first part of the conference dealt with the relation between OLAF and national authorities. This included presentations on the evaluation of the OLAF Regulation (Irene Sacristán-Sánchez Head of Unit, OLAF), on OLAF’s current investigative powers (John Vervaele, Utrecht University) and on the needs and practical obstacles in OLAF investigations  (Cvetelina Cholakova Head of Unit, OLAF). Further presentations dealt with the information exchange between OLAF and other enforcement authorities (Michiel Luchtman, Utrecht University) and with the admissibility of OLAF reports as evidence (Katalin Ligeti and Angelo Marletta, University of Luxembourg)

The second part of the conference focused on the new institutional setting for OLAF with the establishment of the EPPO. The presentations addressed the emergence of the EPPO at the expense of a true vertical structure (András Csúri, Utrecht University), on how to ensure a good relation between EPPO delegated prosecutors and national authorities (Hans-Holger Herrnfeld, Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Germany) and on procedural safeguards and judicial control in EPPO investigations (Juliette Lelieur, University of Strasbourg). In addition, the presentations also addressed the mission and tasks of IBOA’s in the new landscape (Lothar Kuhl, Head of Unit, DG REGIO), Eurojust’s future role and task (Natalie Bergmann, Head of Institutional Affairs, Eurojust) and the EPPO’s cooperation with third countries and non-participating EU Member States (Nicholas Franssen Ministry of Justice and Security in the Netherlands).

The conference welcomed participants from over twenty Member States of the Union.

On 14 June 2018 the Annual meeting of the European Criminal Law Associations preceded the conference, which was also organized under the auspices of RENFORCE and in the framework of the HERCULE III Programme.

To access some of the presentations given on the day of the conference please follow the below hyperlinks:

  1. Katalin Ligeti (University of Luxembourg):
  2. Hans-Holger Herrnfeld (Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Germany):
  3. Nicholas Franssen (Ministry of Justice and Security in the Netherlands):

You find some pictures of the event below, while the programme is available here.