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Judicial cooperation networks

The European Union set up several networks of practitioners (European Judicial Network (EJN), JITs Network, Genocide Network and the European Judicial Cybercrime Network (EJCN)), and tasked Eurojust to host and support their secretariats. To date, this situation has proved to be a win for all involved: hosting the networks enhances Eurojust’s expertise in judicial cooperation matters and in specific crime areas (e.g. cybercrime, international core crimes), and strengthens its ties with judicial authorities.

On 27 May 2019, the Council adopted new conclusions (9643/19) to encourage Eurojust and the judicial cooperation networks to further develop the coordination and synergies between them. The Council endorsed the possibilities and proposed a line of action put forward by Eurojust and the four networks in a joint paper.

The joint paper (Annex 2 of Council Conclusions 9643/19) shows that a number of products and services have already been developed jointly by Eurojust and the networks, both on strategic and operational levels. This cooperation will continue, and, in addition, Eurojust, together with the four networks, recommended exploring other areas as well, such as enhancing the use of Eurojust national coordination systems (in which contact points of all networks are represented) and fully exploiting the opportunities to send common messages (particularly by developing a methodology for the preparation of joint initiatives).

The Council endorsed these recommendations and also touched upon the issue of financial resources for Eurojust, and, by extension, for the networks. These resources should be sufficient to allow them to carry out their activities properly. Finally, the conclusions address the possibility of establishing a lean secretariat for the EJCN.