The Hague, 06 November 2007
Mr José Luís Lopes da Mota, Vice-President and National Member for Portugal, was elected as new President of the College of Eurojust
Today, the College of Eurojust elected Mr Lopes da Mota as their new President. The Council of the European Union must approve the result of the election.
According to Article 28.2 of the Eurojust Decision of 28 February 2002, the National Members elect the President and Vice-Presidents of the College of Eurojust from amongst the National Members. This is a unique procedure in the European Union.
Last month, Mr Michael Kennedy, President of the College of Eurojust and National Member for the United Kingdom, announced that he would step down in November 2007 to accept an appointment as Chief Operating Officer in the Crown Prosecution Service in the United Kingdom.
José Luís Lopes da Mota is Vice-President and National Member for Portugal. He has 28 years’ experience in the judiciary as a prosecutor and as an assistant to the Portuguese Prosecutor General where he was responsible for matters related to management of the prosecution services at a national level and for international co-operation. He has been a Deputy Minister of Justice in charge of a range of issues including European affairs. He was elected Vice-President in February 2007.
Mr Lopes da Mota commented after the election: “It is an honour to be elected as the new President of the College Eurojust. This is a challenge for me. Eurojust has reached a turning point in its development and we have to face new challenges. I am very happy to be the representative from a country that was one of the founding fathers of Eurojust; now I have the opportunity to help the College of Eurojust to realise its objectives. It is an honour for me to take over from Michael Kennedy; it was a pleasure to work with him all these years.”