The Minister of Justice of the Republic of Estonia, H.E. Urmas Reinsalu, and the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Estonia, Lavly Perling, visited Eurojust yesterday and met with the President of Eurojust, Michèle Coninsx, the National Member for Estonia, Raivo Sepp, and the Administrative Director of Eurojust, Nick Panagiotopoulos. The Minister and the Prosecutor General attended the College plenary meeting and a working lunch.
Estonia currently holds the EU Council Presidency. Today marked the first visit of the Minister of Justice to Eurojust since his appointment. On the agenda were an update of the priorities of the Estonian Presidency, enhancing the fight against serious cross-border crime and terrorism, Eurojust’s activities and support to national authorities and future interaction with the EPPO, and a discussion of current affairs in Brussels.
Minister Reinsalu said: ‘Cooperation, trust and information exchange between Member States are crucial in the fight against terrorism. To improve the abilities of judicial and law enforcement agencies to prevent and investigate crimes, I strongly support the storage and use of data in criminal proceedings. Here, we need to strike a balance between privacy and security.’
Prosecutor General Perling emphasized the importance of international cooperation in the work of judicial and law enforcement agencies: ‘Crime has become more and more cross-border and as a result, the importance of cooperation with foreign partners in the work of the Prosecutor's Office has increased year by year.’
President Coninsx said: ‘The decision of Estonia to make the fight against terrorism and organised crime one of the priorities of its EU Council Presidency is important. Eurojust will continue to assist the Member States in their efforts to bring criminals to justice and ensure a safer Europe.’
Upon graduation from the Faculty of Law of Tartu University, Urmas Reinsalu worked as a legal specialist at the Ministry of Justice, Domestic Policy Adviser to the President, Director of the Office of the President, Political Secretary of the Res Publica Party, lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, three-time Member of Parliament, and Minister of Defence (2012 – 2014). Urmas Reinsalu was appointed Minister of Justice in April 2015.
Upon graduation from the Faculty of Law of Tartu University, Lavly Perling has worked at the Office of the Prosecutor General in different posts since 1996, including as Head of the District Prosecutor’s Offices of Viru District and Northern District. She was appointed Prosecutor General in October 2014.
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Pictured left to right: Raivo Sepp, Minister Urmas Reinsalu, Michèle Coninsx, Prosecutor General Lavly Perling.