Spain

The Spanish Desk is headed by José de la Mata Amaya, who is the National Member for Spain since November 2020.

In 2020, the Spanish Desk was involved in 387 new cases, 61 coordination meetings, 7 coordination centres and 9 joint investigation teams.

National Member

José de la Mata Amaya

National Member

José de la Mata Amaya was appointed National Member for Spain in November 2020. Mr de la Mata entered the judiciary in Spain in 1987. He has been a member of the prosecutor’s body, serving in several judicial positions in the criminal jurisdiction, including as investigative judge in Algeciras and Cádiz, as judge in criminal trials in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the Court of Appeals of Las Palmas and Madrid, and in the High Court of Justice of Madrid. From 2015 to 2020, he served as judge of the Central Investigative Court No 5 of the National Court.

Mr de la Mata has held the positions of lawyer of the General Council of the Judiciary (1993-2001), where he was Director of its Continuing Training and International Relations Departments, lawyer in the service of the Constitutional Court (2003-2009), and General Director of Modernisation in the Ministry of Justice and Secretary-General of the Administration of Justice (2009-2011), where he promoted the creation of the International Legal Cooperation Network of Lawyers of the Judicial Administration.

As contact point for Spain in the Network of National Experts on Joint Investigation Teams (the JITs Network) since 2017, Mr de la Mata has engaged in intense international activity as a consultant, expert and director on projects funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation AECID, UNDP, IADB, WB, EU and others.

Deputy National Member

Jorge Espina Ramos was appointed Deputy National Member for Spain in November 2020. Mr Espina is a Spanish Public Prosecutor specialised in the international area. He has worked for the European Commission (as Twinning Pre-Accession Advisor in Slovakia between 2001 and 2003, and as Seconded National Expert in the External Relations Unit of DG Justice between 2005 and 2006). He has also worked at the Spanish Prosecutor General’s Office, both in the International Section of the Technical Secretariat (2006-2011) and in the International Cooperation Unit (2011-2015).

Mr Espina joined Eurojust in 2015 as Seconded National Expert to the Spanish Desk, taking up the position of Assistant to the National Member for Spain at Eurojust between 2017 and 2020. He is currently contact point of the EJN, as well as a member of the Commission Expert Group on EU Criminal Policy. He has published numerous contributions on various legal topics (mainly related to international cooperation) and has broad experience as lecturer for various academic and official institutions.

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Casework

  2017 2018 2019 2020
New cases (total)
- of which initiating
- of which participating
368
120
248
515
144
371
618
190
428
387
209
178
Coordination meetings (initiating and/or participating) 60 72 93 61
Coordination centres (organising and/or participating) 7 4 8 7
Joint investigation teams (newly signed and/or ongoing) 9 12 14 9

Case examples

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Documents

04 June 2021|2021/00276|DOCUMENT
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19 April 2021|2021/00189|DOCUMENT
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23 March 2021|2021/00253|DOCUMENT
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23 February 2021|2021/00089|DOCUMENT
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15 February 2021|2021/00064|DOCUMENT
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29 January 2021|2021/00038|DOCUMENT
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08 January 2021|2021/00014|DOCUMENT
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17 December 2020|2020/00291|DOCUMENT
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