For the third consecutive year, the President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, participated in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, between 16 and 18 January 2017. The theme of the meeting was ‘Responsive and responsible leadership’.
Ms Coninsx shared her insight and Eurojust’s experience on how to better address the global challenges posed by criminality in a fast-paced and interconnected world. She contributed to several key sessions, workshops and interactive panels that addressed global security threats.
Ms Coninsx brought the justice point of view and the EU perspective to the discussions. On the fight against cybercrime, she highlighted the paramount importance of public-private partnerships, explaining that working in silos, with a focus only on cybersecurity, cannot offer the right response. She emphasized the need for cyberjustice, with actions targeted not only at stopping criminal activity but also at stopping the criminal. Ms Coninsx spoke about the creativity and ingenuity of prosecutors and judges to adapt criminal investigations and prosecutions to cutting-edge technological developments, such as encryption and anonymisation. The President of Eurojust stressed that, nevertheless, legal, technical and practical challenges need to be urgently addressed to facilitate speedy and efficient access of investigators and judicial authorities to e-evidence. She presented the work of Eurojust in fighting cybercrime, its close cooperation with the European Cybercrime Centre and its support to the newly established European Judicial Cybercrime Network.
At the WEF press conference on fighting cybercrime, Ms Coninsx said: ‘We have to build up the knowledge and to build up the trust. In other terms, besides the triple P’s, Public-Private Partnerships, we also have to think about the triple T’s, Time, Trust and Thinking outside the box. And that’s what we are going to do together.’
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At the roundtable discussion,The fight against human trafficking in supply chains, the President of Eurojust reiterated its interest and commitment to be closely involved in the WEF Project on HUMAN TRAFFICKING: public-private partnership and action and actively contribute to its success with Eurojust’s experience.
Ms Coninsx also contributed to the discussions on the future of travel and to the dialogue on business security and transnational crime. She stated that combating terrorism and transnational organised crime requires partnerships across all levels – including governments, businesses, civil society and international organisations. Coordination at the international level is crucial in identifying, investigating and prosecuting the people and groups behind these crimes. Ms Coninsx highlighted that Eurojust is seen as a trusted partner in facilitating international judicial cooperation in the European Union.
In the margins of the WEF annual meeting, the President of Eurojust met with the Prosecutor General of Brazil, Mr Rodrigo Janot Monteiro de Barros, to explore areas for closer judicial cooperation. She also had the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr Charles Michel, to exchange ideas on the implementation of the European Security Agenda and the ongoing work of Eurojust.
The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. It engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
Ms Coninsx is the President of Eurojust and Chair of Eurojust’s Counter-Terrorism Team.