Eurojust Council Decision
The Council Decision 2002/187/JHA of 28 February 2002 setting up Eurojust with a view to reinforcing the fight against serious crime established Eurojust as a “body of the Union” with legal personality.
The Eurojust Council Decision of February 2002 was subsequently amended in 2003 (Council Decision 2003/659/JHA of 18 June 2003, amending Decision 2002/187/JHA) and 2008 (Council Decision 2009/426/JHA of 16 December 2008 on the strengthening of Eurojust and amending Decision 2002/187/JHA).
The consolidated version of the Eurojust Council Decision – which consists of Council Decision 2002/187/JHA on setting up Eurojust, as amended by Council Decision 2003/659/JHA of 18 June 2003, and Council Decision 2009/426/JHA of 16 December 2008 on the strengthening of Eurojust – was prepared by the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union for information purposes only and does not replace Council Decisions 2002/187/JHA, 2003/659/JHA or 2009/426/JHA.
The new Eurojust Council Decision – as amended in 2008 – strengthened Eurojust’s operational capabilities and enhanced its relationship with third parties. It entered into force on 4 June 2009.
The Eurojust Regulation (Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation, replacing and repealing Council Decision 2002/187/JHA) was adopted on 6 November 2018. The Regulation establishes a new governance system, clarifies the relationship between Eurojust and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, prescribes a new data protection regime, adopts new rules for Eurojust’s external relations and strengthens the role of the European and national Parliaments in the democratic oversight of Eurojust’s activities.
The Eurojust Regulation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal. It will be directly applicable one year after the day of its entry into force in the Member States, without a need for national transposing acts. Before the date of applicability, Eurojust will continue to work based on the Council Decision.
Other relevant documents
The following additional documents provide the legal framework for Eurojust.
Financial Regulation applicable to Eurojust:
College Decision 2019-09 on the Financial Regulation applicable to Eurojust (17 September 2019).
Eurojust Seat Decision:
Decision taken by common agreement between the representatives of the Member States, meeting at Head of State or Government level, of 13 December 2003 on the location of the seats of certain offices and agencies of the European Union.
For Eurojust Seat Decision, see Article 1 (c).
Act of the Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) of Eurojust:
Revised Act of the Joint Supervisory Body, adopted unanimously at the plenary meeting of the Joint Supervisory Body of Eurojust of 23 June 2009.
Act of the Joint Supervisory Body of Eurojust of 2 March 2004.
Data Protection Rules:
Rules of procedure on the processing and protection of personal data at Eurojust as adopted unanimously by the College of Eurojust during the meeting of 21 October 2004 and approved by the Council on 24 February 2005.
Additional rules defining some specific aspects of the application of the rules on the processing and protection of personal data at Eurojust to non-case-related operations as adopted by the College of Eurojust on 27 June 2006.
Rules of Procedure:
Rules of procedure of Eurojust as adopted unanimously by the College of Eurojust at its meeting of 30 May 2002 and approved by the Council on 13 June 2002.
Access to Documents:
Decision to adopt rules regarding Public Access to Eurojust Documents as adopted by the College of Eurojust on 13 July 2004.
Decision concerning investigations conducted by OLAF:
Decision on the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1073/1999 concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office in accordance with Article 38(4) of the Eurojust Decision (OLAF Decision) as adopted by the College of Eurojust on 13 July 2004.
In addition to the conclusion of an agreement, the United States of America, the Kingdom of Norway, Switzerland and Montenegro has each seconded a liaison prosecutor to Eurojust.
Several of the documents mentioned above are available in other EU languages in the document library.