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German Federal Minister of Justice visits Eurojust


HE Ms Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, German Federal Minister of Justice, visited Eurojust on 4 December.

The Minister spoke with Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, about the operational work of Eurojust and its developments in light of the Lisbon Treaty and the European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on Eurojust which was published on 17 July 2013. Eurojust’s special relationship with a future European Public Prosecutor’s Office was also touched upon following the so-called “yellow card” procedure triggered by several national parliaments claiming that the Proposal as it stands does not respect the principle of subsidiarity. Ms Coninsx stressed that Eurojust remains committed to support a future European Public Prosecutor’s Office and the need for it to be well integrated in the existing landscape of the European area of freedom, security and justice, always keeping the interests of the European citizens in mind.

Minister Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger then visited Eurojust’s German Desk, led by Ms Annette Böringer, the National Member for Germany, where she had a discussion on general aspects of the German Desk’s casework.

The Minister also met Mr Jimenez-Villarejo, the elected Vice-President of Eurojust, and Mr Klaus Rackwitz, Administrative Director.

At the end of her visit, Minister Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger thanked Eurojust for its relentless efforts in combating cross-border crime and for its role as coordinator between Member States in overcoming legal and practical differences in judicial systems and fostering mutual trust.