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Deputy National Members

Jean-Pascal Thoreau joined Eurojust as the Deputy to the National Member for Belgium in April 2017. He was in charge of the Serious Fraud Department of the Office of the Crown Prosecutor in Brussels before becoming a Federal Magistrate in 2004. Mr Thoreau is a former member of the High Council for Justice, responsible for appointing prosecutors and judges and assessing the Belgian courts. As Supervisor of the Belgian Anti-Bribery Office, Mr Thoreau dealt with European fraud cases in cooperation with OLAF before joining Eurojust.

Anna Richterová was appointed Deputy National Member for the Czech Republic in October 2008. She has 20 years experience in the judiciary as a prosecutor. Between 1987 and 1999 she worked as prosecutor with the District and, subsequently, Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Prague. After 1999, she worked as a trial attorney and later as a senior trial attorney at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. She currently works as a prosecutor in the international department of the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Alessandra Giraldi is Deputy National Member for Denmark and Eurojust correspondent. She works as Deputy Chief Prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, where she is Head of the International Division. She is also EJN Danish contact point and national EJN correspondent. She has worked for 12 years in the Danish Prosecution Service, first as prosecutor in a local district and then in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gabriele Launhardt is Deputy National Member for Germany.

Eve Olesk is Deputy National Member for Estonia.

Jarlath Spellman has served as Deputy National Member for Ireland since 2009. He is a Professional Officer in the Directing Division of the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions since 2001. Mr Spellman was the National Member for Ireland at Eurojust from September 2004 until August 2009.

Nikolaos Paschalis is Deputy National Member for Greece since November 2013. Following his law degree from Athens University, Mr Paschalis obtained an LLM from Edinburgh University and returned to Greece where he studied at the National School of Judges. Since his graduation in 2003, he served as a Deputy Prosecutor of First Instance for the Ministry of Justice of the Hellenic Republic in the Courts of Athens, Thiva and Piraeus. Prior to joining Eurojust, he was assigned to the Criminal Prosecution Department at the Court of Piraeus, where he dealt mainly with cases of corruption and financial crime.

Panagiotis Maniatis was appointed Deputy National Member for Greece in September 2017.

María Poza Cisneros was appointed Deputy National Member for Spain in October 2013. Prior to joining Eurojust, she served as a Senior Judge on the Court of Appeals in Murcia. She was a correspondent of the Spanish Judicial Network for International Judicial Cooperation in criminal matters, and has participated as a consultant and lecturer in numerous training activities both in Spain and abroad.

Una Brenča is Deputy to the National Member for Latvia. Stationed in Latvia, Mr Brenča is an experienced prosecutor currently working as the Head Prosecutor of the International Cooperation Division of the Department of Analysis and Management of the Prosecutor General's Office. She was appointed Deputy in July 2017.

Tomas Krušna was appointed Deputy National Member for Lithuania at Eurojust in 2011. He had previously held the post of National Member for Lithuania at Eurojust (2006-2008). After obtaining his law degree at Vilnius University, Tomas’ career as a public prosecutor began in 1998, serving in the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania until 2008. He moved to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) in 2008, working as a Legal Adviser in the Judicial and Legal Advice Unit, returning to the Prosecutor General’s Office in 2011, where he now serves as a Deputy Chief Prosecutor in the Criminal Prosecutions Department.

Zoltán Péter is Deputy National Member for Hungary.

Elaine Mercieca was appointed Deputy National Member for Malta in July 2017.

Jolien Kuitert is Deputy National Member for the Netherlands. Ms Kuitert is a senior Public Prosecutor specialised in cross-border cooperation and combating international organised crime. She has been working as coordinating Public Prosecutor for the former Netherlands Antilles and Surinam for more than 10 years. In 2003, Ms Kuitert served as occasional replacement for the Dutch National Member. Since 2008, she has served as Deputy National Member for the Netherlands. Ms Kuitert is one of the Dutch Contact Points for the European Judicial Network. As a guest lecturer in international criminal law, she is able to pass her experience and enthusiasm for her work on to colleagues and students.

Michael Schmid was appointed Deputy National Member for Austria in September 2017.

Grażyna Stronikowska was appointed Deputy National Member for Poland in December 2013.

José Eduardo Moreira Alves de Oliveira Guerra was appointed Deputy to the National Member for Portugal on 1 May 2012. Mr Guerra has served as a prosecutor since 1 October 1985 at various levels of the Portuguese Public Prosecution Service. Mr Guerra originally joined Eurojust in October 2007, as Seconded National Expert.

Claudia Jderu is the Deputy to the National Member for Romania since 15 November 2017. Ms Jderu, a judge for 14 years, has  worked on cases dealing with illegal immigration, smuggling and trafficking in human beings, drug trafficking crimes, organised criminal groups, cybercrime, criminal offences affecting the EU's financial interests, fraud, money laundering, child sexual abuse, and corruption. Ms Jderu also has experience in the field of judicial cooperation in criminal matters, especially from her time working at the Court of Appeal in Bucharest dealing with, inter alia, European Arrest Warrants, extradition requests and the recognition of judgements in criminal matters. 

Mário Ernest was appointed Deputy to the National Member for the Slovak Republic in December 2016.

Ritva Sahavirta is Deputy National Member for Finland. She worked as National Member for Finland from August 2008 until July 2011. Prior to her appointments at Eurojust, Ms Sahavirta worked as a State Prosecutor for 10 years in the Office of the Prosecutor General in Helsinki specialising in financial crimes. Her special interest is in tax fraud and money laundering cases. Before she was appointed State Prosecutor, she worked as a District Prosecutor for four years and served in the Tax Administration for several years. Ms Sahavirta is currently acting Head of the Steering and Development Unit in the Office of the General Prosecutor.

Anne-Christine Maderud is Deputy National Member for Sweden since March 2016.

Debra Chan is Deputy to the National Member for the United Kingdom. Ms Chan is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. She qualified in 2009 and worked as a Senior Crown Prosecutor in Merseyside and Cheshire between 2010 and 2013 with specialisms in domestic violence, youth crime and mentally disordered offenders. In 2013 she moved to the Specialist Fraud Division where she dealt with complex fraud, tax evasion and money laundering cases. In 2015 she was promoted to Specialist Prosecutor at the International Justice and Organised Crime Division where she worked closely with the National Crime Agency in five key areas with a significant international element: border policing, economic crime, organised crime, national cyber-crime and child exploitation and online protection. She also prosecuted complex immigration cases investigated by Immigration Enforcement and some complex organised crime cases investigated by police forces.