Eurojust is pleased to announce the publication of the updated version of the model agreement for setting up a joint investigation team (the ‘JIT model agreement’).
On 15 and 16 June 2016, JIT experts had agreed during their 12th annual meeting on a revised version of the Model Agreement aimed at replacing the existing model - adopted in 2010 - on the basis of the experience acquired. On 16 January 2017 the Council of Ministers endorsed the revised document by way of a Council Resolution, published in 23 EU languages in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ C 18, 19.1.2017, p. 1–9).
The JIT model agreement is a non-binding document that practitioners can tailor to the specific needs of the case. The new model agreement was drafted with the objective of simplifying the existing model; clearer and concise, it should contribute to speeding up the drafting and discussion of future agreements.
Furthermore, based on the experience gained in the last years with the involvement of third States in JITs, the new model agreement is no longer based exclusively on EU legal instruments and should facilitate the establishment of JITs with non-EU States on the basis of the relevant international instruments.
The new model agreement is published on Eurojust’s website both in PDF and editable formats, so that practitioners can directly download and use it as a template.