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Public Prosecutors General and Directors of Public Prosecutions of the EU Member States meet in The Hague

A meeting of the Consultative Forum of Prosecutors General and Directors of Prosecutions, organised by the Hungarian Presidency with the support of Eurojust, took place at Eurojust on 23 June 2011. The meeting was chaired by the Prosecutor General of Hungary, Mr Péter Polt. 25 Member States were represented, mainly by their Prosecutors General or Deputy Prosecutors General, while some Prosecutors General designated their Eurojust National Member as representative.

The agenda of the meeting focused on the topics of corruption and the new initiatives taken at EU level and on the European Investigation Order. The participants also discussed some organisational aspects as well as the Polish initiative for witness protection.

BACKGROUND
The Prosecutors General and Directors of Prosecutions had discussed the mandate of the Consultative Forum at previous meetings organised under the Spanish and Belgian Presidencies. According to the mandate and purpose of the Consultative Forum agreed upon during its latest meeting of 16 December 2010, its aim is to promote the strengthening of the judicial aspect of the EU’s internal security. This can be achieved by, amongst other matters, discussing the trends of criminality impacting the EU - which could result in input provided to Eurojust -, by contributing to the evaluation of lessons learned, and, when appropriate, by contributing to legislative initiatives taken at EU level. Eurojust supports the meetings of the Consultative Forum and assists in particular in organising them.

The participants of the meeting concluded that the anti-corruption strategy, recently adopted by the European Commission as a major step ahead in the fight against corruption, should be supported. Also, the draft directive on the European Investigation Order was welcomed by the participants as an important instrument for the improvement of judicial cooperation in criminal matters.

Ms Ilona Lévai, National Member for Hungary, commented: “I am convinced that the meeting achieved its objectives: its conclusions will serve both the legislative and criminal policy efforts of the EU institutions and a more effective fight against serious crime at national level."

The next meeting of the Consultative Forum will take place under the Polish Presidency in December 2011.

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