Slovenia proposes compromise to appoint EU delegated prosecutors

The idea was endorsed by Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek after talks with Reynders, and by Justice Minister Lilijana Kozlovič, who said on Monday that this may be a way to end the impasse. [EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET]

After months back and forth over the appointment of two EU delegated prosecutors to the European Public Prosecutor Office (EPPO), a compromise solution to allow Slovenia to appoint only one prosecutor has been proposed by EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders.

The idea was endorsed by Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek after talks with Reynders, and by Justice Minister Lilijana Kozlovič, who said on Monday that this may be a way to end the impasse.

Kozlovič has done what is formally required and nominated two candidates – which are needed for the EPPO to become operational as planned for 1 June – but candidates nevertheless need to be approved by the government, which has stonewalled the issue by not putting the motion on the agenda.

Slovenia is not the only EU country to have not yet appointed its EU delegated prosecutors. “Slovenia and Finland have still not designated their EDPs. Swift decisions are necessary,” Reynders tweeted. 

Slovenia has been repeatedly urged to appoint two EU prosecutors, including by Reynders, who last week said that the country should “get over the current deadlock and nominate their candidates”. (Sebastijan R. Maček | STA)

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