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Slovenia puts forward its candidates for EU public prosecutor


The European Public Prosecutor's Office will be an independent and decentralised prosecution office, which will investigate, prosecute and bring to judgement crimes against the EU budget, such as fraud, corruption or serious cross-border VAT fraud.

Each member state will have one prosecutor, for which it can put forward three candidates. The office will be led by Laura Codruta Kövesi from Romania, who was appointed just last week. It is to become operational at the end of 2020 and have its seat in Luxembourg.

According to Delo, four Slovenian candidates had applied for the job but the State Prosecution Council picked the three, whom the government endorsed. Slovenia's permanent representation in Brussels informed the European Commission of the candidates last Wednesday.

In line with the EU directive establishing the European Public Prosecutor's Office, which entered into force in November 2017, a special commission will evaluate the candidates based on their resumes and interviews, and put forward its selection to the Council of the EU.

Jaka Brezigar, 41, has led an abuse of office case against Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Janković dating to his time as CEO of Mercator and involving a land deal in Serbia, in which Janković was acquitted. He is the son of Barbara Brezigar, former supreme state prosecutor who ran for president in 2002.

Marjana Grašič, 40, has worked on a case in which former NFD Holding boss Stanislav Valant was accused of abuse of office because of two controversial loans to Hoteli Bernardin, owned by NFD.

The most high-profile case for Tanja Frank Eler, 41, so far has been the case against former CEO of builder Primorje Dušan Černigoj in connection to the construction of the Šentvid tunnel.


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