The idea of establishing a Consultative Forum of Prosecutors General and Directors of Public Prosecutions of the Member States of the European Union (the `̔Consultative Forum’) was first considered in 2007, during a conference organised by Eurojustice. This project was further discussed in September 2008 under the French EU Presidency and in May 2010 under the Spanish EU Presidency, in a meeting organised in Madrid with the support of Eurojust. Following this meeting, a document containing Guidelines for a Future Mandate of the Consultative Forum was prepared.
The Consultative Forum was eventually established at the meeting of 16 December 2010, which took place at Eurojust and was convened by the Board of Prosecutors General of Belgium under the Belgian EU Presidency. On this occasion, the Consultative Forum agreed on its mandate.
The main goals of the Consultative Forum are to:
- Allow the Prosecutors General and Directors of Public Prosecutions of the EU Member States to share experience and best practice in investigating and prosecuting serious and organised crime, in the use of investigation techniques, as well as in judicial cooperation in criminal matters and the use of mutual recognition instruments.
- Discuss any relevant EU legislative and policy initiatives, assess their impact on the work of prosecutorial authorities, and address common conclusions to the EU institutions.
- Provide expert judicial input and actively contribute to the development and implementation of the EU Internal Security Strategy.
All Member States are represented in the Consultative Forum. To better achieve its objectives, the Consultative Forum has decided to function with an informal and flexible dialogue structure.
Since December 2010, the Consultative Forum has met on a regular basis. In general, two meetings are held each year, at the invitation of the Prosecutor General or Director of Public Prosecutions of the Member State holding the EU Presidency. The meetings of the Consultative Forum are hosted by Eurojust in The Hague. Eurojust provides the Consultative Forum with substantial logistical and financial support.
Over the years, the Consultative Forum has discussed and drawn conclusions on matters of relevance to prosecutorial authorities, such as the fight against corruption and crimes affecting the EU’s financial interests, migrant smuggling, the European Investigation Order, the European Arrest Warrant, judicial cooperation in freezing and confiscation, victims’ rights, the setting up of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office and the future of Eurojust. The conclusions of the Consultative Forum are transmitted to the relevant institutions of the European Union for their consideration and are published and widely disseminated as Council documents.
The list of topics discussed at the meetings and conclusions of the Consultative Forum are available in the page of the Consultative Forum meetings.