On 10 and 11 December, Eurojust together with the Luxembourgish Presidency and the Office of the Prosecutor General of Luxembourg, hosted a workshop, Data retention in the fight against serious crime: the way forward, and the 10th meeting of the Consultative Forum of Prosecutors General and Directors of Public Prosecutions of the Member States of the European Union (Consultative Forum).
The workshop on data retention provided a platform for national experts and Eurojust National Members to discuss the current EU framework on data retention and the impact of judgment C-293/12 of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on national systems and judicial cooperation, including the admissibility and reliability of evidence. The main conclusions of this workshop were presented to the Consultative Forum members.
The Consultative Forum meeting was convened by Ms Martine Solovieff, Prosecutor General of Luxembourg, and gathered high-level representatives of national prosecution authorities as well as representatives from the EU institutions and Justice and Home Affairs agencies, including Europol, Frontex and the Fundamental Rights Agency.
Consultative Forum members exchanged views on the practical implications of the CJEU’s annulment of the Data Retention Directive for investigations and prosecutions with Mr Francois Biltgen, Judge at the CJEU, and Mr Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights.
The President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, shared with the Consultative Forum participants the recent work of Eurojust in the field of counter-terrorism and foreign terrorist fighters. Following the update by the President of Eurojust on recent EU initiatives to address the migration crisis and Eurojust’s activities to tackle illegal immigrant smuggling, Consultative Forum members exchanged experiences on challenges faced at national level and common conclusions to be presented to the EU policymakers.
You can read more about the Consultative Forum on our website. The conclusions endorsed by the Consultative Forum members will be made available there soon.
The next meeting of the Consultative Forum will be jointly hosted by the Netherlands and Slovak Presidency on 3 June 2016.