The Hague, 05 December 2011
On 10 and 11 November 2011, the final meeting of the Informal Working Group (IWG) on the implementation of the new Eurojust Decision in the Member States took place at Eurojust in The Hague.
The new Decision aims to make Eurojust still more effective in Europe’s fight against serious cross-border crime. It includes a wide range of measures, from making Eurojust’s prosecutors, judges and police officers available to practitioners in Member States on a 24/7 basis, to ensuring that information about organised crime cases allows Eurojust to coordinate responses across the EU. The final IWG meeting, organised in cooperation with the Polish Presidency of the EU, brought together the national representatives dealing with both legislative and technical aspects of the new Decision. Representatives of the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU, the European Commission, the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament, Europol and the European Judicial Network also participated in the meeting.
The IWG meetings started in June 2008, to exchange best practices between the Member States, EU institutions and Eurojust. The final meeting paid special attention to the transmission of information to Eurojust (Article 13 EJD), information and feedback from Eurojust (Article 13a) as well as other products and services offered to the competent national authorities. The new Eurojust National Coordination System, to coordinate Eurojust’s contacts with judicial and law enforcement authorities within Member States and the development of Eurojust ICT Projects for the implementation of the new EJD were also explored.
Legislative contact points discussed how best to foster the transmission of information to Eurojust. Early exchange of information about serious cross-border crime is essential to co-ordinating responses to this threat to Europe’s citizens; and on an immediately practical level, Eurojust presented an electronic form designed to facilitate transmission of the information.
Technical experts discussed three main topics: using the EPOC IV project results for implementation of IT aspects of the Eurojust Decision, web services for exchanging information between Eurojust and Member States, and application-level encryption for securing the information exchanged. Member States’ representatives showed particular interest in the final results of EPOC IV pilots. Generally, participants concluded that technical issues appear to be less complex than legal issues; technical implementation in most Member States often depends on legal provisions being approved at national level.
Eurojust also used the meeting to bring together members of the Joint Task Force with the European Judicial Network. At national level, Eurojust and the EJN will work closely together in the framework of the Eurojust National Coordination System. The issue of how the EJN website could provide information on more coordinated working through the ENCS was explored.
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Mr Joannes THUY, Spokesperson - Head of Press & PR Service
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