5. A gateway to 55 jurisdictions worldwide

In 2020, Eurojust continued to expand its close-knit international network, which by the end of the year had formed a true gateway for prosecutors across the European Union to 55 jurisdictions worldwide.

  • Eurojust and Georgia signed a cooperation agreement in March 2019 and the first Liaison Prosecutor, Mr Giorgi Gorgadze, took up his duties in June 2020.

  • Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Kosovo* joined the network of Eurojust Contact Points.

  • Cooperation with the Western Balkan region was further extended by the arrival of the Liaison Prosecutor for Serbia, Ms Gordana Janicijevic, who started in March 2020.

  • In December, the Albanian authorities appointed Ms Fatjona Memçaj to be deployed as Liaison Prosecutor at Eurojust.

  • Mr Jo Christian Jordet was appointed as the new Liaison Prosecutor for Norway in August 2020.

  • To further step up the judicial cooperation between the European Union and its South Partner Countries (SPC) on criminal matters, Eurojust became the host of the next phase of the EuroMed Justice Programme.

  • Eurojust and IberRed, the Ibero-American Network of International Legal Cooperation, agreed on improving the exchange of information and its communication with judicial authorities in Latin America via broader access to the Iber@ Secure Communication System.

  • In the summer of 2019, the United Kingdom opted in to the new Eurojust Regulation. As of 1 February 2020, the status of the United Kingdom at Eurojust was changed in line with the Withdrawal Agreement, under which the United Kingdom continued to be represented as an operational partner in cases opened at Eurojust during the transition period. To implement the EU-UK Agreement at Eurojust, negotiations on a working arrangement were started and led to the appointment of Ms Samantha Shallow as the Liaison Prosecutor for the United Kingdom at Eurojust as of 1 January 2021.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

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