European Network of contact points in respect of persons responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes
The Network of contact points was set up by Council Decision 2002/494/JHA and reaffirmed with Council Decision 2003/335/JHA to ensure a close cooperation between the national authorities in investigating and prosecuting the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. All Member States of the European Union have ratified the Rome Statute but the International Criminal Court remains complementary to national systems of criminal law. National authorities are responsible for the investigation and prosecution of core international crimes. Close cooperation at national and transnational level can put an end to the impunity of the perpetrators who try to enter and reside within the European Union’s frontiers.
The aim of the Network is to facilitate cooperation and assistance between the Member States' investigation and prosecution authorities and to exchange information on criminal investigation and prosecution of persons suspected of having committed or participated in the commission of the relevant crimes. For this purpose, each Member State has designated a Contact Point who facilitates cooperation and exchange of information between the national authorities of the Member States. At the same time, the Contact Points also form the Network and provide it with its active and flexible structure. The coordinated and continued work of the Network is supported by a Secretariat hosted by Eurojust.
The Network meets biannually at meetings convened by the Presidency of the Council of the EU. In this forum, the national authorities coordinate ongoing efforts to investigate and prosecute persons suspected of having committed or participated in the commission of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. At the same time, they share investigative, prosecutorial and trial experiences involved with these crimes, related methods and best practices.
The Network also enhances close cooperation with the national authorities of third states, the International Criminal Court, other international tribunals and civil society for effective prosecution of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, as these crimes must not go unpunished.
For more information, please contact the Secretariat of the Network.
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