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Visit of Justice Commissioner Jourová to Eurojust

Justice Commissioner Jourová (Photo © European Union, 2015)

European Security Agenda in focus

The Hague, 05 June 2015

 CZ  DE  FR  NL 

The Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Ms Věra Jourová, met with the College of Eurojust today to get hands-on insight into Eurojust’s operational activities against serious cross-border crime and to discuss her strategic priorities in the criminal justice area.

During the meeting, Eurojust presented successful cases on cybercrime, fraud and drug trafficking to the Commissioner. Several topics were discussed, including the Renewed Internal Security Strategy; terrorism (radicalisation, foreign fighters); illegal immigrant smuggling; judicial cooperation with third States; the European Arrest Warrant and the challenge of prison conditions in Member States; asset recovery and confiscation; and the future activities of Eurojust in these fields. The meeting concluded with an exchange of views on the future Eurojust Regulation, as well as how Eurojust can be more effective in the fight against organised crime groups.*

The meeting took place in The Hague, in conjunction with the 9th meeting of the Consultative Forum, gathering all Prosecutors General and Directors of Public Prosecution of the EU Member States. Commissioner Jourová also took the opportunity to meet with the Consultative Forum and to discuss the setting up of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), and its relationship with Eurojust.

Commissioner Jourová commented: 'I believe Eurojust will have a stronger role to play in the coming years. The European Security Agenda already calls for an increased contribution by Eurojust to fight all forms of organised crime and terrorism. Eurojust's experience in combating cross-border crime will support the future European Public Prosecutor's Office in defending EU financial interests. I look forward to closely cooperating with Eurojust during my mandate.'

The President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, remarked: 'We were delighted to meet with Commissioner Jourová and to discuss the strategic issues for judicial cooperation and coordination in the fight against serious organised cross-border crime. We will focus on continuously improving our seamless, strong cooperation with other JHA agencies in an effort to combat terrorism, including foreign fighters, illegal immigration, and cybercrime. A successful response to these crimes requires a strong organisation and strong cross-border judicial coordination.'

* See, for example, the recent THB case involving Hungary and the Netherlands.

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