Today, Ms Lavly Perling, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Estonia, met with Mr Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust, in The Hague to discuss the future relationship of Eurojust with the European Public Prosecutor’s Office as well as opportunities for closer cooperation and better information exchange between EU Member States in criminal matters. Ms Perling is also representing Estonia in the Consultative Forum of Prosecutors General and Directors of Public Prosecutions of the Member States of the European Union, which brings top EU prosecutors together at Eurojust to share knowledge and experience in investigating and prosecuting serious cross-border crime cases.
Today’s meeting was also attended by Ms Kristi Kraavi-Käerdi, Legal Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, Mr Raivo Sepp, National Member for Estonia at Eurojust, and Mr Nick Panagiotopoulos, Eurojust Administrative Director. The participants touched upon the future cooperation between Eurojust and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) and explored possibilities for closer and stronger cooperation in money-laundering cases as well as better information exchange in cases involving terrorism financing.
Ms Perling also highlighted the importance of the Consultative Forum as a yearly opportunity for top prosecutors from all EU Member States to start a dialogue on judicial problems and solutions with their peers, share valuable lessons learned, best practice and expertise in dealing with transnational crime, and exchange views on the use of admissible evidence.
Eurojust expressed its commitment to enhanced collaboration among all EU Member States and praised Estonia’s dedication and efforts to improve judicial cooperation with other EU practitioners by effectively using mutual legal assistance and mutual recognition tools to reconcile divergent national legislative systems.
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