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EJCN meets at Eurojust to discuss e-evidence initiatives

04/05/2018

​On 25 and 26 April 2018, the fourth plenary meeting of the European Judicial Cybercrime Network (EJCN) took place at Eurojust. The meeting was opened by the President of Eurojust, Ladislav Hamran. The Bulgarian representative of the EJCN, Ilona Krastenyakova, described the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency. The meeting, chaired by the Network’s Board, was attended by EJCN members from 22 Member States and Norway as well as representatives from Eurojust, the EJN, the European Council, the European Commission, Europol, the Council of Europe and J-CAT.

The meeting started with a case study presented by the Dutch and Slovak EJCN representatives, both of whom explained the added value of having a dedicated network of practitioners supporting cybercrime cases.

The EJCN discussed three priorities of their work programme:

(i) Special attention was given to the proposals published 17 April 2018 on the Regulation on European Production and Preservation Orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters and the Directive laying down harmonised rules on the appointment of legal representatives for the purpose of gathering evidence in criminal proceedings. Additionally, recent legislation and other initiatives on e-evidence such as the US CLOUD Act, the Second Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention and the Sirius platform to facilitate online investigations were discussed.

(ii) Following up on developments in the field of data retention.

(iii) Support in the development of an encryption observatory in collaboration with Eurojust and the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol was discussed. The observatory will continuously assess the legal aspects of the use of encryption in criminal investigations.

The meeting continued with an exchange of views among participants on obstacles and best practice encountered in cybercrime investigations.

The meeting concluded with updates on stakeholders’ ongoing activities and discussions on enhancement of practical cooperation and synergies between the EJCN, Eurojust and EJN.