The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has seconded Mr Lodewijk van Zwieten, from the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, to act as Eurojust’s cybercrime expert representative for operational matters to Europol’s Cybercrime Centre (EC3). Mr van Zwieten will support and coordinate cooperation with EC3 on behalf of Eurojust and, inter alia, facilitate the exchange of information, help to ensure the admissibility of evidence in judicial proceedings and the early involvement of Eurojust to increase the effectiveness of prosecutions and, where appropriate, confiscation of assets in cybercrime cases.
Through the secondment of Mr van Zwieten at EC3, Eurojust will significantly strengthen efforts in the fight against cybercriminals. The mandate of the Europol Joint Cybercrime Action Task Force (J-CAT), recently extended, specifically mentions the intention to extend cooperation among judicial and law enforcement authorities, notably Eurojust.
The appointment is also well timed in light of the EU’s current political priorities, the European Agenda on Security, and the agenda of the 2016 Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
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