On 27 and 28 September, more than 50 high-ranking ministerial and police officials and magistrates of the Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC) attended a joint seminar with EU officials, Eurojust, Europol, as well as representatives from the public and private sector, civil society and other stakeholders. The purpose of the meeting was to promote and strengthen, according to national priorities and domestic legislation, actions of awareness-raising, mutual confidence and understanding concerning the issue of citizen security.
The seminar is part of the implementation of the Brussels Declaration, Shaping our common future: working together for prosperous, cohesive and sustainable societies for our citizens, adopted during the EU-CELAC Summit in June 2015. The Brussels Declaration affirmed the intention of the European Union and the Latin American region to ‘continue implementing, as appropriate, concrete actions aimed at strengthening, inter alia, law enforcement cooperation, mutual legal assistance and trans-border intelligence-sharing to dismantle criminal organisations, all with full respect for human rights and international law’. Chapter 10 of the EU-CELAC Action Plan stresses the importance of strengthening cooperation, dialogue and networking between governmental actors and citizens using voluntary measures.
Klaus Meyer-Cabri, Vice-President of Eurojust, welcomed the CELAC participants and gave an insight into cross-border judicial cooperation.
Maria Poza Cisneros, Deputy National Member for Spain, further presided over the seminar and gave an in-depth presentation on Eurojust. The Spanish Desk at Eurojust is particularly involved in cooperation with countries belonging to CELAC. The National Member for Spain is the contact point for IberRed, the Ibero-American judicial cooperation network. The participants focused on how they could work practically and operationally with Eurojust.
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