The Hague, 12 November 2013
Eurojust selected as partner to inaugurate Belgium’s judicial videoconferencing facility
The videoconferencing facility of Belgium’s judicial authorities was officially inaugurated at the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Brussels today. From the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, the Minister of Justice of Belgium, Ms Annemie Turtelboom, and the Federal Prosecutor, Mr Johan Delmulle, held a meeting with the President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, in The Hague. In a separate videoconference following the inauguration, Ms Coninsx and colleagues from the Belgian National Desk used the facility to discuss preparations for an upcoming case with Federal Magistrates in Belgium.
During the meeting with Ms Turtelboom, Ms Coninsx detailed the advantages of videoconferencing and described how Eurojust uses them to maximise efficiency, emphasising the cost and time savings made by Eurojust’s National Members and Liaison Prosecutors. Members of the Belgian National Desk typically save five hours for a single meeting in Brussels; the Liaison Prosecutor of the United States could save three days. She also outlined how videoconferences are utilised by National Members in the preparatory stages of coordination meetings, during actual coordination and operational meetings and for communicating with the administrative authorities in their home countries, and how they are indispensable in times of crisis.
Eurojust began using videoconferences in 2009. Since then, more than 90 have been held on a variety of subjects, underlining the significance of this method of communication. Simultaneous interpretation is available, further highlighting the importance and practical nature of this method of communication to Eurojust.
Following the successful videoconference, Ms Coninsx commented: “I am honoured that Eurojust was selected to inaugurate the videoconferencing facility of Belgium’s judicial authorities and am certain that it will contribute to Eurojust’s ability to continue to disrupt criminal networks across the European Union. Videoconferencing is not only an extremely efficient method of communication, bringing benefits in terms of time and cost, it is also very productive and allows us to remain one step ahead of organised criminals. It is another strong example of Eurojust’s ceaseless efforts to improve our service.”
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