UDC 342(4)
Biblid: 1451-3188, 11 (2012)
Vol. 12, No 39-40, pp. 115-127

Оriginal article
Received: 01 Jan 1970
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970


Korać Srđan (Институт за међународну политику и привреду, Београд),

The author examines the potential positive effects of the role of the European Public Prosector’s Office in fighting corruption and other serious types of whitecollar crime and maladministration, particularly with a view to weak civil servants integrity culture in the European Commission and its administration. Since the effectiveness of any administration heavily depends on the personal performance of its civil servants, enhancing the European civil servants’ responsibility became a high priority in the aftermath of the 1999 Jacques Santer’s Commission corruption scandal. The mechanisms for investigation and disciplinary sanctions are in place, but there is a substantial need for supranational prosecution of corruption and other types of the so-called “white collar” crime against the EU’s financial interests. The analysis focuses on considering plausible benefits that could stem from the establishment of the European Public Prosector’s Office; yet, it emphasizes possible obstacles that could undermine the effectiveness of the future supranational criminal investigations.

Keywords: Integrity, anti-corruption policy, white collar crime, supranational institutions, European Public Prosecutor’s Office, Eurocrats, European Union