On 27 October, Eurojust bid farewell to its former President, Michèle Coninsx, who is taking up her mandate as Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) in November 2017.
Ms Coninsx joined Pro-Eurojust in January 2001 and was appointed Belgian National Member for Eurojust in March 2001. In 2004, she became the Chair of Eurojust’s Counter-Terrorism Team, and in 2008 she was elected Vice-President. Ms Coninsx was the President of Eurojust from May 2012 until 31 October 2017.
Ms Coninsx said, ‘As I think back to where we started and where Eurojust is now, I feel very proud of the way the organisation has secured its role as a key player in cross-border judicial cooperation. Making a difference in the context of this hybrid organisational structure, decreasing budgets and ever-evolving security threats has certainly proven to be challenging. Despite these challenges, the operational work of Eurojust has steadily increased, attesting to the good reputation and trust that the organisation has built with the Member States and the added value it offers in the fight against serious organised crime and terrorism. Partnerships and close cooperation are keys to bringing terrorists and perpetrators of serious organised crime to justice. Or, to say it differently, it takes networks to beat [terrorist or criminal] networks. Being part of this achievement feels like a genuine privilege. I wish my friends and colleagues at Eurojust much success in the future. I will be following their progress closely.’
The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate of the United Nations (UN CTED) was established in the wake of 9/11 terrorist attacks in the USA. It is an expert body supporting the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) by carrying out policy decisions, conducting assessments of implementation of counter-terrorism measures and facilitating technical assistance at national level.
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