On 12 and 13 October, Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, attended the 10th annual meeting of the Network of Public Prosecutors or equivalent institutions at the Supreme Judicial Courts of the Member States of the European Union (NADAL Network) in Dublin.
Ms Coninsx spoke about challenges and best practice in investigations, prosecutions and judicial cooperation in cross-border terrorism cases based on Eurojust’s experience. In her address, she outlined the latest terrorism trends, the modi operandi of terrorists and the assistance provided by Eurojust, including in the aftermath of the major terrorist attacks in Europe. Essential for the successful prosecution of terrorists is the timely availability and sharing of admissible evidence. In this context, the President drew attention to the many challenges related to the collection, sharing and use in court of electronic evidence, battlefield information and intelligence reports.
Ms Coninsx emphasized that Eurojust will continue to fully support Member States in their efforts to bring terrorists to justice. In 2016, Eurojust saw an almost five-fold increase in the number of terrorism cases compared to 2014. The growing trust and need for Eurojust’s assistance continues to be evidenced in 2017. At the end of September of this year, 69 terrorism cases were already registered at Eurojust. In addition to operational support, Eurojust plays an important role in a number of strategic initiatives. Of particular importance is the Eurojust analysis of terrorism convictions, which provides practitioners with regular overviews of best practice, arguments of courts and challenges encountered in the criminal justice responses to terrorism.