Book Review: European Public Prosecutor’s Office: Article-by-Article Commentary

Date01 December 2021
Publication Date01 December 2021
AuthorLorena Bachmaier Winter
SubjectBook Reviews
The structure of the book makes it easy for the reader to review and compare the developments of
police and judicial cooperation during particular periods or over a number of timeframes. Fijnauts
study focuses primarily on police cooperation, with judicial cooperation discussed only as an aspect
of the investigation and prosecution of suspects. Overall, the book depicts the evolution of EU
police and judicial cooperation in a broader context not strictly conned to law. In doing so, it
provides a thorough review of the way in which the EU reached the existing situation and it also
identies the policies proposed and implemented each timeframe.
Notably from each chapter, the reader is made aware that there is an overview of the policies
concerning police and judicial cooperation for each period discussed in the book. However, the
author does not deal with the issue of the evaluation of these policies. This is because as the author
points out there are no empirical data surrounding the impact of those policies. Clearly, the
absence of such an evaluation does not limit the book. As promised from the title, this book is
designed to illustrate the development of the judicial and police cooperation in the EU the last
decades and not necessarily to evaluate those developments.
Chapter 9 offers a critical analysis of the issues covered in each of the books chapters, with the
author giving a hint of criticism particularly as regards the implementation of policies within the
eld of police and judicial cooperation. It is obvious that the book is not simply addressed to an
audience of experts but also to students, policy makers and especially to those who are interested in
the development of police and judicial cooperation in the EU. The book delivers what it promises
and is therefore a good addition to the existing scholarship. It provides a comprehensive and well-
structured overview of the development of police and judicial cooperation in the EU. The main
strength of the book is that, despite the bulk of historical information relating to the development of
the police and judicial cooperation, it succeeds in maintaining the readers interest.
European Public ProsecutorsOfce: Article-by-Article Commentary, Hans-Holger Herrnfeld, Dominik Brodowski
and Christoph Burchard (Baden-Baden, Oxford: Nomos, Beck, Hart, 2020), ISBN 9781509947157, 704 pp.,
£ 202
Reviewed by: Lorena Bachmaier Winter, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain
DOI: 10.1177/20322844211026986
The decisive commitment of a group of Member States towards more Europe, and the tireless
efforts of the European Commission, nally led, through enhanced cooperation, to the estab-
lishment of the European Public ProsecutorsOfce (EPPO) in 2017 (Regulation 2017/1939).
However, the road to this achievement has been all but easy, and everyone who has followed the
lengthy procedure closely can attest that many times the project to establish an EPPO nearly failed.
It is true that since it was rst discussed, the establishment of a supranational prosecuting institution
to protect more effectively the Unionsnancial interests sparked strong opposition and rejection by
many legal scholars as well as a number of national authorities and policy makers. Indeed, the
project of establishing an EPPO has stirred intense discussions since the very beginning, when the
rst proposal was drafted in 1997 by a group of highly qualied experts with the Corpus Iuris. The
proposal on the EPPO was rst received with scepticism and even distrust, not only because it meant
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