Hilde Vandevoorde was appointed National Member for Belgium on 1 December 2017. She has dedicated her career to the fight against organised crime and terrorism. After working as a defence lawyer, she became a prosecutor in Brussels, specialised in organised crime and terrorism cases. In 2000, Mrs Vandevoorde was appointed national magistrate. She joined the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in 2002, coordinating organised crime and terrorism cases on national and international levels. She served as Head of the Special Missions Unit in charge of special investigation techniques, undercover investigations and Covered Human Intelligence Sources (‘CHIS’/informants). During that time, she was also responsible for the witness protection program, as well as for the review of the federal judicial police. Mrs Vandevoorde has brought cases to Eurojust since its establishment, and is looking forward to handling Belgian cases at Eurojust and coordinating with the other Member States and beyond.
Ivanka Kotorova was appointed National Member for Bulgaria in February 2018. She was Deputy National Member for Bulgaria at Eurojust between 2014 aand 2018. Ms Kotorova is a prosecutor at the Supreme Cassation Prosecution where she has more than 10 years of experience. Prior to joining Eurojust, she was Head of the international department at the Supreme Cassation Prosecutior’s Office of Bulgaria. Ms Kotorova obtained a Master degree in international relations and European law from the University of Sofia and universities of Strasbourg and Nancy in France. Prosecutor Kotorova is the national correspondent and contact point for the European Judicial Network, as well as contact person for the EU network for asset confiscation. Her international experience includes participation as an expert in the 6th round of mutual evaluations of Denmark on the application of the Council Decision on Eurojust and the Council Decision on the European Judicial Network.
Lukáš Starý was appointed National Member for the Czech Republic on 01 February 2011. Mr Starý was a prosecutor in the International Department of the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Czech Republic from October 2008 to June 2009. From 2003-2008, and again from 2009 until his appointment at Eurojust, Mr Starý worked at the District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Karvina.
Jesper Hjortenberg was appointed National Member for Denmark on 1 September 2010. He has been a prosecutor since 1988 and worked at the Office of the Danish Director of Public Prosecutions for many years. From 2002 to 2007, he was Head of the International Division of the DPP’s Office, and since 2007 served as Deputy Director with responsibility for casework and international matters. He prosecuted a large number of cases before the Danish Supreme Court from 1996 to 2010. Mr Hjortenberg participated in negotiations for the EU 2000 Convention on mutual legal assistance and the 2002 Eurojust Decision as part of the Danish delegation at meetings in Brussels, and has been Danish member of the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) for more than ten years. He currently chairs the CDPC.
Klaus Meyer-Cabri is Deputy Director General, and in September 2014 was appointed National Member for Germany at Eurojust. He was elected as one of the two Vice-Presidents of Eurojust in September 2016. He is also the Chair of the Brussels Team, responsible for relations with other EU bodies. Before his present posting, Mr Meyer-Cabri was the chief advisor for the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany as Head of the Office for EU Justice Policy and International Cooperation. Mr Meyer-Cabri has gathered a great deal of experience in international relations due to his many years as a Legal Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union in Brussels, where he was also involved in the preparatory work to establish Eurojust.
Laura Vaik was appointed National Member for Estonia in March 2019. Throughout her professional career, Ms Vaik participated as an expert in cross-border cooperation against organised crime in various international forums, committees, and organisations, inter alia the Council of Europe. In that role, she made a valuable contribution to fighting money laundering, financial crime and corruption, and she provided specialised training to prosecutors, judges and other judicial practitioners. Ms Vaik’s first position was Assistant Prosecutor at the Department of Financial Crimes of the Estonian Northern District Prosecutor’s Office; she was promoted to District Prosecutor in 2001. In 2003 - 2004, she served as a docent of general provisions on penal law at the Public Service Academy of Estonia. In the period 2005 - 2019, Ms Vaik occupied the position of State Prosecutor at the Prosecution Department of the Prosecutor’s General Office of Estonia, and subsequently at the Internal Control Department of the same institution. From 2008 to 2011, prior to her appointment as National Member, Ms Vaik worked as a seconded national expert to the Estonian Desk at Eurojust. In 2006 and 2013, she was one of the nominees for the title of ‘Prosecutor of the Year’ in Estonia. In 2011, she also published an article on Problems and Perspectives of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office in the Estonian judicial magazine Juridica. Ms Vaik graduated from the University of Tartu and obtained a Master’s Degree in Law in 2000. She also holds a Master’s Degree in public administration from Tallinn University of Technology.
Frank Cassidy was appointed National Member for Ireland in September 2014. He qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and worked in a variety of sections dealing with a wide range of criminal prosecutions and civil matters, including judicial review, injunctions and extradition. He served as Head of the District Court Section from 1994 to 1997. Mr Cassidy was appointed the first solicitor of the Criminal Assets Bureau, as Head of Unit with responsibility for providing all necessary solicitor/legal services to this pioneering agency. From 2002 to 2006, Mr Cassidy returned to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, serving as Head of the Superior Court Section, as well as Acting Chief Prosecution Solicitor. In undertaking these roles, his responsibility included devising the overall policy in Ireland for outgoing European arrest warrants and the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders. In 2006, Mr Cassidy rejoined the CAB on a six-year secondment as Bureau Legal Officer, with overall responsibility for legal policy and operations. In that capacity, he sought to encourage the mutual recognition of non-conviction-based orders within the European Union, delivering a number of international presentations in support of this initiative. In 2012, he rejoined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as Head of Criminal Appeals.
Paraskevas Adamis was appointed National Member for Greece in September 2017. Mr Adamis earned a Bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Athens, followed by two Master’s degrees, one in law and one in terrorism studies, followed by an LL.M. and a Ph.D. in criminology. His career in law began in 1990 as a judicial officer in the Greek Air Force in Athens, followed by seven years of private law practice. In 2000, he became a public prosecutor, and was promoted to Chief Prosecutor in 2009, serving until 2016, at which time he became Chief Prosecutor for S.I.Re.N.E., the Police Office for International Cooperation within the Greek Ministry of the Interior, until his appointment to Eurojust. Mr Adamis was chosen as Prosecutor of the Year in 2011 by the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), of which he is a member. He has written many speeches and papers on legal topics, as well as two books, one on hooliganism and one on responding to new religious terrorism.
Frédéric Baab was appointed National Member for France in October 2014. A specialist in international judicial cooperation, Mr Baab began his judicial career as Deputy Public Prosecutor and then Investigating Judge, and joined the Ministry of Justice in 2001, specialising in the follow-up of negotiations with the European Union, before being named French Liaison Magistrate to the German Ministry of Justice in Berlin in 2003. In 2007, Mr Baab was appointed to the French Permanent Representation in Brussels in preparation for the French Presidency of the European Union, charged with negotiating the Council Decision on the strengthening of Eurojust of 2008. He served then as President of the Court of First Instance of Dunkerque for 3 years. Mr Baab rejoined the Ministry of Justice in 2013 as diplomatic counsellor in the Cabinet of HE Christiane Taubira, the Minister of Justice, until his appointment to Eurojust.
Josip Čule has been the National Member for Croatia since September 2013. He previously served as Eurojust Liaison Prosecutor for Croatia. Mr Čule has more than 29 years’ experience working within Croatia’s justice system. He concluded his law studies in Split in 1981 and passed the Bar exam in 1986 before going on to become Court Advisor at the County Court of Split. In 1991, he became a judge at the Criminal Department at the County Court in Split and Deputy President of the same court. At the County Court, he worked as an investigative judge, trial judge, appeals judge and judge in juvenile cases, and was associated with the Law Faculty in Split. In 2005, he was appointed Deputy Attorney General and at the same time contact point for Eurojust in Croatia. From 2006 to 2010 and currently, Mr Čule has been President of the State Attorney Council, a specialised body responsible for disciplinary measures and the appointment of prosecutors. In 2008, he was appointed Head of the International Legal Assistance and Cooperation Unit in Croatia. This special unit was also involved in the organisation of cooperation between the regions of the former Yugoslavia. Mr Čule is a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Prosecutors.
Katerina Loizou has been the National Member for Cyprus since September 2004. She worked in private practice as a lawyer before entering the Attorney General’s office in 2002. Ms Loizou serves as a counsel of the Republic in Nicosia.
Filippo Spiezia was appointed National Member for Italy in January 2016. He was elected as one of the two Vice-Presidents of Eurojust in December 2017. He began his legal career in 1991 as a Public Prosecutor, and was appointed Anti-mafia Public Prosecutor in 2003. He also worked in the Italian Justice Superior Council as a member of the Scientific Committee, dealing with judicial training for judges and prosecutors. He served as Deputy National Member for Italy at Eurojust between 2008 and 2012, leaving Eurojust to join the Anti-mafia and Anti-terrorism National Directorate, for which he coordinated investigations of organised crime and terrorism. At the Directorate, Mr Spiezia was in charge of the unit dealing with international judicial cooperation and was appointed national correspondent for Eurojust. He is the author of several books on judicial cooperation and the fight against transnational crime, including THB and corruption. He has been invited to speak at many national and international conferences and has lectured at the main Italian and EU academies. In 2003, he was awarded the Falcone and Borsellino Prize for his legal textbook, Trafficking and exploitation of human beings.
Dagmāra Skudra was appointed National Member for Latvia in May 2019. Ms Skudra has had a career in public service for more than 20 years. She started at the Information Centre of the Ministry of the Interior in 1997, and switched to the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Latvia in 1999, starting as Assistant to the Prosecutor. She was promoted to Prosecutor in 2001, and became active in the International Cooperation Division in 2002. In April 2019, when she left the Prosecutor General’s Office, she was Deputy Prosecutor General and Head Prosecutor of the Department of Analysis and Management. From 2004 to 2013, Ms Skudra was, in addition to her duties in the Prosecutor General’s Office, also Deputy to the National Member of Latvia at Eurojust. Since 2012, she has been a European Judicial Network Contact Point. She has also represented Latvia on the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors since 2017. Ms Skudra graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia in 2000, and also holds an LL.M. from the University of Augsburg.
Laima Čekelienė is the National Member for Lithuania. Ms Čekelienė joined Eurojust in March 2008. Before coming to Eurojust, she served for ten years in the General Prosecutor’s Office as head of the International Co-operation and Legal Assistance Division, in charge of co-operation both in criminal matters and with Eurojust. She also served as Lithuanian contact point for the European Judicial Network.
Olivier Lenert has been the National Member for Luxembourg since October 2013. Prior to joining Eurojust, Mr Lenert served as a Deputy State Prosecutor with the Financial Intelligence Unit of the State Prosecution Service in Luxembourg for four years. He previously held a position with a major international law firm for several years following the obtaining of a law degree from Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg and an LL.M. from the College of Europe in Bruges.
László Venczl is the National Member for Hungary. Mr Venczl has been a prosecutor for more than twenty years in different prosecution services in Hungary. He spent most of his professional career in the Military Prosecution Service. During his international career, Mr Venczl has played an active role within the International Society for Military Law and for Law of War and in the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) since its formation. He is currently an IAP Senator. In addition, Mr Venczl has been the Contact Point for the Genocide Network since 2003, and will remain so for the time being.
Philip Galea Farrugia is the National Member for Malta since July 2017. Having obtained his Doctoral Degree in Law from the University of Malta in 2001, Dr Galea Farrugia set up his private law practice in Valletta, where he worked in a number of legal fields and appeared before a wide array of courts and tribunals. In 2010, he joined the Office of the Attorney General in Malta, where he furthered his specialisation in criminal law and prosecution, and was lead prosecutor in numerous capital trials by jury. He was promoted to Senior Counsel to the Republic and, as of October 2013, he was appointed Assistant Attorney General. He currently heads the Criminal Law and Prosecution Department.
Han Moraal, National Member for the Netherlands, joined Eurojust in June 2014. Mr Moraal’s first appointment was in 1987 as a Public Prosecutor with the Public Prosecution Service in Rotterdam. He moved to the Zwolle Lelystad District Court in 1994. In 1996, Mr Moraal was appointed Chief Public Prosecutor to the Flevoland police region, and in 1998, he was appointed Chief Public Prosecutor at Groningen District Court. In 2007, following four years as Chief Public Prosecutor at The Hague District Court, Mr Moraal was appointed Prosecutor-General to the Board of Prosecutors-General. In 2012, he was appointed National Chief Advocate General at the Courts of Appeal of the Netherlands. Mr Moraal has been the Secretary-General of the International Association of Prosecutors since 2016.
Gerhard Jarosch officially took up his duties at Eurojust on 1 January 2018 as the National Member for Austria at Eurojust. From 1999 until 2003, Mr Jarosch was a prosecutor in Eisenstadt, Austria, situated near the EU Schengen border with Hungary. There he dealt with a large variety of criminal cases. He became a prosecutor in Vienna in 2003, specialised in organised crime and terrorism cases and international legal cooperation. In 2008, Mr Jarosch became a Senior Prosecutor, and in 2009 Deputy Chief Prosecutor in Vienna. Mr Jarosch is the President of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), former President of the Austrian Association of Prosecutors and former President of the Austrian Prosecutors Personnel Representation.
Mariusz Skowroński is the National Member for Poland. He has over 20 years' experience as a prosecutor at various levels of the prosecution service in Poland. He dealt with corruption and organised crime in the Investigation Division of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office and in the Court Unit of Appellate Prosecutor’s Office in Lodz. In 1996 he was appointed to the Bureau for Organised Crime in the National Prosecutor’s Office within the Ministry of Justice. Before joining Eurojust, he was the co-ordinator for negotiation of two United Nations Conventions. On behalf of the Ministry of Justice he was also responsible for co-operation with UN offices in Vienna dealing with organised crime and in New York dealing with illegal smuggling of firearms and explosives.
António Francisco de Araújo Lima Cluny was appointed National Member for Portugal in October 2014. Following graduation, Mr Cluny served as a Prosecutor in the Judicial Court of Cascais, and, for a short time until 1990, in the Criminal Court of Lisbon. He served as Chief Prosecutor in the Judicial Court of Sintra until 1992, and held the same role in the Judicial Court of Cascais until 1998. In 1998, he was appointed Deputy Prosecutor General on behalf of the Prosecutor General at the Supreme Courts: Court of Auditors.
Daniela Buruiană is the National Member for Romania. Ms Buruiană has 14 years’ experience working as a prosecutor at different levels within the Romanian Prosecution Service. For the past eight years, she has worked within the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice-Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism. In this role, she has carried out the investigation and prosecution of serious organised crime, especially drug trafficking-related cases. Ms Buruiană has significant experience in international judicial cooperation in criminal matters. She joined Eurojust in January 2013.
Boštjan Škrlec was appointed National Member for Slovenia in July 2017. He has over 20 years of experience in the judiciary and began his career as a State Prosecutor in 1999. Before joining Eurojust, he was Director General at the Office of the State Prosecutor General of the Republic of Slovenia. During his professional career, he has been involved in international relations and cooperation. He has participated in numerous international projects and worked with international institutions in the field of criminal justice. He has been a member of the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures (MONEYVAL) at the Council of Europe since 2005, and is currently participating in the work of its European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT). In 2007, during the Slovenian EU Presidency , he chaired the working group negotiating the Council Decision on the strengthening of Eurojust. From 2008 to 2012, Mr Škrlec served as the State Secretary at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia. He actively participated in preparation and adoption of legislation introducing important reforms, such as the introduction of plea bargaining in criminal procedure and the establishment of the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Slovenia.
Ladislav Hamran, National Member for the Slovak Republic, was elected President of Eurojust in October 2017. Mr Hamran has more than 15 years' experience as a prosecutor. He started working at the General Prosecution Office in Bratislava in 2003, investigating and prosecuting mainly economic crime and corruption, until his secondment to Eurojust as National Member for the Slovak Republic in 2007. He was elected Vice-President of Eurojust in December 2013, and was re-elected Vice-President in December 2016. As Vice-President, he was mainly responsible for information and knowledge management projects, leading Eurojust’s Working Group on reorganisation and prioritisation.
Francisco Jiménez-Villarejo, National Member for Spain, joined Eurojust in December 2012. He began his career as a prosecutor, joining the Prosecution Office of Seville in 1990. After being promoted to the rank of Senior Prosecutor, he worked at the General Prosecution Offices of Majorca (1996 – 1999), Seville (1999 – 2001), and Malaga (2001 – 2012), where he was appointed Delegate of the Anticorruption Prosecution Office in 2006. Specialising in international cooperation in criminal matters, Mr Jiménez-Villarejo was a founding member of the Spanish Prosecutors International Cooperation Network in 2002 and a contact point of the European Judicial Network since 2004. He was a TAIEX short-time expert, expert member of the Phare Twinning Project in Bulgaria from 2005 – 2007 and a Council of Europe GRECO evaluator for the prevention of corruption in 2012. He has served as a member of the Permanent Committee of the European Judicial Training Network since 2011. Mr Jiménez-Villarejo is a frequent speaker at high-level international seminars. He was a professor of Criminal and Procedural Law at the Police Academies of Andalucia and Majorca, and in the Public Law Department of the Universidad de las Islas Baleares, and he collaborates on a regular basis with the Universities of Málaga, Valladolid and Castilla-La Mancha. His articles on international cooperation have been published in various books and law journals.
Piia Vottonen officially took up her duties at Eurojust on 1 August 2015 as the National Member for Finland at Eurojust. Ms Vottonen has worked as a District Prosecutor since 1995 and has specialised in drug crime and organised crime since 2001. Ms Vottonen is also a member of a group of prosecutors responsible for training drug crime investigators, judges and prosecutors. Ms Vottonen is a member of the European Network for Prosecutors for Synthetic Drugs & Precursors (ENPSDP) and a deputy member of the Precursor Network of the Pompidou Group.
Solveig Wollstad was appointed for a second term as National Member for Sweden at Eurojust in June 2017. She began her career as a prosecutor in 1987, when she joined the Swedish Prosecution Authority. In 2001, she was promoted to Chief Public Prosecutor and Head of the International Public Prosecution Office in Linköping. From 2004-2007, Ms Wollstad served as National Member for Sweden at Eurojust. She was then Eurojust´s representative at the EU Police Chiefs Task Force, as well as involved with relations with Europol and third States and a member of the Trafficking Team. From September 2007 to September 2014, Ms Wollstad returned to Sweden as Chief Public Prosecutor and Head of the International Public Prosecution Office for the south of Sweden in Malmö, dealing with serious organised national and transnational crime, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, arrest warrants and extradition. She then served as Head of the East Public Prosecution Area (Eastern Region) of the Swedish Prosecution Service and as Head of five District Prosecution Offices from October 2014 to May 2017, before returning to Eurojust in June 2017.
Samantha Shallow was appointed National Member for the United Kingdom at Eurojust on 1 March 2018. Ms Shallow is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Having spent a number of years in private practice (specialising in criminal defence), she joined the Crown Prosecution Service in 2001 as a Senior Crown Prosecutor. Working in Nottinghamshire, she specialised in cases involving cybercrime, sexual offences, youth crime, firearms-related robberies and murder. In 2008, Ms Shallow moved to the East Midlands Complex Casework Unit, where she was responsible for some of the most complex and high-profile prosecutions in the region, including organised crime, drugs and firearms trafficking, economic crime, child sexual exploitation, international online abuse and murder. In 2014, she was promoted to Specialist Prosecutor at the International Justice and Organised Crime Division, having the lead on MLA casework, policy and guidance. She also managed the UK Liaison Magistrates and Prosecutors in Spain, France, Italy, the USA and the UAE. In 2016, she was promoted to Unit Head of the Specialist Fraud Division in the West Midlands, managing a team responsible for a wide range of complex fraud, money laundering and tax evasion casework, while also leading the International Division.