On 11 February 2013, the College of Eurojust hosted a visit by members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) and the Special Committee for Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (CRIM Committee) of the European Parliament. The President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, welcomed the delegation led by Sonia Alfano, MEP.
Eurojust’s programme was designed to provide information on its casework, strategic projects, operational products and policy work. The relationship with Europol, the involvement of Eurojust in Joint Investigation Teams, data protection, access to documents and budgetary matters were presented. Eurojust stressed its upcoming challenges related to the debate and future European Commission’s proposals for Regulations on Eurojust and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office on the basis of Articles 85 and 86 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
The Members of the European Parliament exchanged views with the College and put forward several questions, while familiarising themselves with Eurojust’s core tasks (Eurojust’s coordination meetings and coordination centres and the use of Joint Investigation Teams). The need for greater creativity in utilising available EU funds for the practical fight against cross-border crime was highlighted. Both parties spoke of the importance of a continuous dialogue and a closer interaction in the future.