The Hague, 16 September 2015
On 15 and 16 September, the Attorney General of the US Department of Justice, the Honorable Ms Loretta Lynch, and a high-ranking delegation visited Eurojust and Europol in The Hague. A key point during the visits was the announcement of the seconding of a US Cybercrime Prosecutor from the US Department of Justice’s Criminal Division to sit in Eurojust and to work with the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3).
A full transcript of Attorney General Lynch’s speech can be found here.
Eurojust welcomes such a prosecutor from the USA to enhance cooperation and coordination and share information and expertise in the fight against the evolving challenges posed by cybercrime. Close cooperation with EC3 is crucial, as is the early involvement of the judiciary in cybercrime operations, as mentioned by Europol.
The Attorney General met on 15 September with the Eurojust Vice-Presidency and the College of Eurojust. The main topic of the meeting was the mutual desire to step up the already existing cooperation between judicial and law enforcement authorities in the European Union and those in the USA, especially in the area of cybercrime. More insight was provided on how Eurojust cooperates with third States by case examples using effective coordination tools such as joint investigation teams, including BlackShades, a cybercrime case, Atelier, an online child abuse case, and Vineyard, a drug smuggling case. A separate topic was the role of Eurojust in combating foreign terrorist fighters.
Vice-President and the National Member for Spain, Mr Jiménez-Villarejo, commented on the Attorney General’s visit:
Your presence is extremely timely. Cross-border judicial cooperation is the response to the international crime challenges of today as well as of tomorrow. Taking into account organised crime’s global dimension, Eurojust does not work as an inward-looking actor, closed in itself, but, on the contrary, has always been ready and open to cooperate with our partners, with third countries and in key regions in the world. To achieve closer cooperation, it is crucial that we have solid mutual legal assistance mechanisms in place to support each other.
We discussed how we can further support and inform one another, to create a united front against serious cross-border crime and terrorism. This meeting was a token of our firm dedication to the values that we share: the rule of law, justice and security. Cooperation is the key to the global fight against crime.
Eurojust and the USA have a cooperation agreement
in place since 2006, and a US Liaison Prosecutor has been attached to Eurojust since 2007.
On 27 April 2015, Ms Lynch became the 83rd Attorney General of the United States of America, following her nomination by President Obama and approval by the Judiciary Committee and the Senate. She is the second woman to be confirmed for the position.