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EU's chief prosecutor visiting Slovenia

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Ljubljana - European Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kövesi will visit Slovenia on Monday to discuss the cooperation of the country's prosecutors with the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) after Slovenia's two European delegated prosecutors have recently been appointed following a delay.

Kövesi will meet State Prosecutor General Drago Šketa, representatives of the Specialised State Prosecutor's Office, and Prosecution Council head Tamara Gregorčič.

An online news conference is scheduled for 4:30pm.

Slovenia has been under scrutiny of the European Commission until recently for failing to appoint the two delegated prosecutors in time.

The government eventually agreed to appoint Tanja Frank Eler and Matej Oštir on 18 November after it annulled in May the Justice Ministry's call for applications as part of which the pair was originally selected.

Although the government said last month their appointment was "temporary", the college of the EPPO appointed them for a full-five year term on 24 November.

On the same day, the government announced changes to public prosecution legislation enabling it to recall prosecutors and giving it a greater say in the appointment procedure.

The EPPO, launched in June and featuring 22 participating countries, is designed to investigate and prosecute EU budget fraud.


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