Home » News » The European Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Office of the Prosecutor General of Hungary have agreed on a working arrangement

In order to ensure effec­tive investiga­ti­on and pro­se­cu­ti­on, the Euro­pe­an Pub­lic Prosecutor’s Offi­ce and the Offi­ce of the Pro­se­cu­tor Gene­ral of Hun­gary have agreed on a wor­king arrange­ment aiming to faci­li­ta­te coope­ra­ti­on and exc­han­ge of infor­ma­ti­on.

Hun­gary is the first from those Mem­ber Sta­tes of the Euro­pe­an Union which do not par­ti­ci­pa­te in enhan­ced coope­ra­ti­on that conc­lu­ded a wor­king arrange­ment with the EPPO. 

Gene­ral Pro­se­cu­tor Péter Polt and Euro­pe­an Chief Pro­se­cu­tor Laura Cod­ru­ta Köve­si held an online mee­ting on the 16th of Novem­ber, 2020 to talk about the futu­re coope­ra­ti­on bet­ween the two orga­ni­za­tions. During the mee­ting it was est­ab­lis­hed that the deta­ils of the coope­ra­ti­on would be exp­li­ca­ted in a wor­king arrange­ment.

The comp­le­ted wor­king arrange­ment was sign­ed by Euro­pe­an Chief Pro­se­cu­tor Laura Cod­ru­ta Köve­si on behalf of the EPPO and by Gene­ral Pro­se­cu­tor Péter Polt on behalf of the Offi­ce of the Pro­se­cu­tor Gene­ral of Hun­gary.

The arrange­ment covers the met­hods of coope­ra­ti­on in cri­mi­nal mat­ters, as well as the ways of exc­han­ge of strategic infor­ma­ti­on.

Accord­ing to the wor­king arrange­ment, the Pro­se­cu­ti­on Ser­vi­ce of Hun­gary shall assist the work of the EPPO with the legal tools pro­vi­ded by the rele­vant Euro­pe­an Union acts on judi­ci­al coope­ra­ti­on in cri­mi­nal mat­ters or other mul­ti­la­te­ral legal agree­ments. The EPPO shall apply the same legal inst­ru­ments in their col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Hun­ga­ri­an pro­se­cu­ti­on offi­ces.

The two orga­ni­za­tions will faci­li­ta­te the effi­ci­ency of cri­mi­nal pro­ce­du­res with reli­ance on the prin­cip­le of sin­ce­re coope­ra­ti­on.

The par­ti­ci­pants sta­ted in the arrange­ment that they shall orga­ni­se regu­lar high-level mee­tings bet­ween the Euro­pe­an Chief Pro­se­cu­tor and the Pro­se­cu­tor Gene­ral of Hun­gary, as well as tech­ni­cal mee­tings at both ope­ra­ti­o­nal and admi­nistra­tive levels.

The arrange­ment also enab­les joint train­ing ses­sions, and the par­ti­ci­pants may invi­te each other to con­fe­ren­ces, semi­nars and other simil­ar acti­vi­ti­es held by the other party.

The full text of the arrange­ment is ava­i­lab­le here: