The Hague, 05 July 2011
On 30 June, a co-operation agreement was signed between Eurojust and the Host State, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, to provide a new building for Eurojust. The location offered by the Host State for the new Eurojust premises will be at the JW Frisolaan location.
Eurojust is temporarily housed in two buildings, namely the Arc building at Maanweg 174 and the Haagse Veste 1 building at Saturnusstraat 9, both in The Hague.
In March 2003, Eurojust moved from Brussels to The Hague, where it now shares buildings with the International Criminal Court.
In the meeting of 12/13 December 2003, the European Council in Brussels took a decision by common agreement between the representatives of the Member States on the location of the seats of certain offices and agencies of the European Union. The Hague was chosen as the official seat of Eurojust, taking into account that Europol already was located in the “City of Peace and Justice”. See Presidency Conclusions of the European Council of 12/13 December 2003.
Eurojust has grown rapidly since its inception and continues to grow. The current temporary premises have become too small and prevent Eurojust from expanded possibilities to conduct its core operations and hence new custom-made premises are needed that will fulfil the operational requirements of Eurojust.
Discussions about a new and definitive building for Eurojust have been ongoing for several years. Recently, several points have been resolved.
As Eurojust will be the tenant and the user, a combined project organisation between Eurojust and the Host State was established. The Host State is represented by the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, which assigned the Dutch Government Building Agency (RGD) to manage the technical aspects of the new premises.
The co-operation agreement between Eurojust and the Host State will form the basis for a further close co-operation in the development of the new building.
At the signing ceremony, Ms Marjolein De Jong, Deputy-Mayor of The Hague, commented: “We are the International City of Peace and Justice. Eurojust must be part of that. We are very happy the Eurojust will stay in our city, together with Europol and all the other important international organisations in the city. We wish you luck and promise our support.”
Mr Williams, President of Eurojust, spoke of the importance of signing this agreement with the Host State: “Today marks a genuine milestone in Eurojust’s development. We will have a purpose-built building in the international area of The Hague close to partners such as Europol. In the future, all at Eurojust will work together in one building to help in the fight to make Europe’s citizens safer from serious cross-border crime.”
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