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Belgian Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck visits Eurojust

The Hague, 11 April 2011

On 05 April, Eurojust hosted a visit by HE Mr Stefaan De Clerck, the Belgian Federal Minister of Justice, and HE Ambassador Yves Haesendonck, Belgium’s Permanent Representative to the International Institutions in The Hague.

On 05 April, HE Mr Stefaan De Clerck, the Belgian Minister of Justice, visited Eurojust. Mr De Clerk was accompanied by HE Mr Yves Haesendonck, and by Mr Didier Nagant, member of his Cabinet, Mr Daniel Flore, Counsellor at the Belgian Federal Justice Department, and Ms Alexandra Demoor, researcher in criminal law at Ghent University.

They were welcomed by the Presidency Team, the Administrative Director and many National Members. Mr De Clerck was also introduced to the Belgian staff currently working at Eurojust.

Eurojust’s President, Mr Aled Williams, began by congratulating the Belgian contingent on the successes of the Belgian EU Presidency. The Minister thanked Mr Williams and discussed the Belgian Presidency’s efforts, during its six-month tenure, to supplement current law enforcement regimes. The Minister stressed the importance of creating national centres to assist in the fight against cybercrime.

After the visit, Mr De Clerck commented: “Eurojust stands for co-operation in Europe; it is very compact and provides a perfect interface between all of the complicated procedures in different EU Member States. On a daily basis, cases can benefit from the efficiency that Eurojust offers. I hope that the installation of a central authority for justice in Europe will be possible; I believe in the potential of a European Prosecutor, as European justice becomes more and more important. There are new regulations in the European Treaties and a positive perspective which we have to prepare in-depth.”

Photos of this visit are available from Eurojust’s Press & PR Service.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Joannes THUY, Spokesperson - Head of Press & PR Service
EUROJUST, Maanweg 174, 2516 AB, The Hague, the Netherlands
Tel +31 70 412 5508
E-mail: jthuy[AT]eurojust.europa.eu