Justice Minister participated in the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, in Brussels

The Minister of Justice and Public Order, Mr Ionas Nicolaou, participated in the deliberations of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, held on 8 and 9 December 2016 in Brussels.

On 8 December 2016, the Council found an agreement on the directive on the protection of the financial interest of the EU, paving the way for a formal adoption of the text in the coming weeks.

The objective of the so-called PIF directive is to deter fraudsters, improve the prosecution and sanctioning of crimes against the EU budget, and facilitate the recovery of misused EU funds thereby increasing the protection of EU taxpayers’ money. These common rules will help to ensure a level playing field and improved investigation and prosecution across the EU.

Progress has been made on the proposals on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO regulation).

Ministers exchanged views on certain aspects of the Directive concerning the protection of consumers’ personal data, the granting of guarantee for digital products and the possibility of an agreement between consumers and suppliers for selling slightly defective products. In his intervention, Minister Nicolaou expressed Cyprus’ support for the inclusion of non-personal data in the scope of the Directive, since this will lead to an increase of the consumers’ level of protection. Moreover, Mr Nicolaou stressed the need for further elaboration of the text in technical level, pertaining to the greatest possible consistency between rules relating to granting guarantee for digital content and material goods.

The deliberations of the Council will be continued tomorrow with the discussion of Home Affairs issues.

Source: Press and Information Office