Following the Eurojust Strategic Meeting on Cybercrime on 20 November 2014, a brainstorming session for practitioners, initiated by the Dutch Prosecution Service, took place at Eurojust on the following day. The objective of the meeting was to determine whether experts, including practitioners from Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK, were interesting in forming a judicial prosecutors and practitioners cybercrime network at European level.
In response, the European Judicial Cybercrime Network (EJCN) was established in 2016, during the Dutch EU Presidency, to foster contacts between practitioners specialised in countering the challenges posed by cybercrime, cyber-enabled crime and investigations in cyberspace, and to increase efficiency of investigations and prosecutions.
The EJCN facilitates and enhances cooperation between competent judicial authorities by enabling the exchange of expertise, best practice and other relevant knowledge regarding the investigation and prosecution of cybercrime. The network also fosters dialogue among different actors and stakeholders that play a role in ensuring the rule of law in cyberspace.
In line with the Council Conclusions of 9 June 2016, Eurojust supports the network and ensures close cooperation. Among others, Eurojust participates in the EJCN Board, hosts the regular meetings of the EJCN (a summary of the outcome of the 7th EJCN plenary meeting held on 14/15 November 2019 can be found here), supports the exchange of information and consults the EJCN about the development of policy work and other stakeholder activities to ensure a strong interaction between Eurojust’s expertise in international judicial cooperation and the operational and subject matter expertise of the EJCN members.