EU Commission closes infringement procedures against four Member States as they have notified full transposition of EU rules on the fight against fraud to the Union’s budget by means of criminal law

Today the Commission decided to close the infringement proceedings against Estonia, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlandsafter complete transposition of Directive (EU) 2017/1371.

Member States had to transpose Directive (EU) 2017/1371 on the fight against fraud to the Union’s budget by means of criminal law (‘the PIF Directive’) into their national laws by 6 July 2019.

These rules increase the level of protection of the EU budget by harmonising the definitions, sanctions and limitation periods of criminal offences affecting the Union’s financial interests.

Not only is the Directive an essential instrument for the harmonisation of the criminal law of the Member States in the area of crimes against the Union budget, but it also lays the foundation for the future European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), which will investigate, prosecute and enforce the offences in practice.

The Commission opened infringement proceedings against Estonia, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands by sending letters of formal notice on 19 September 2019 for non-communication.

Christian Wigand

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