The Impact of COVID-19 on Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters: Analysis of Eurojust Casework
During the pandemic, the majority of coordination meetings organised through Eurojust took place via secured video links, and Eurojust’s funding of joint investigation teams remained available.
From the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eurojust’s casework showed that practitioners in the Member States were facing various difficulties in dealing with cases involving judicial cooperation in criminal matters. In May 2021, Eurojust published the report The Impact of COVID-19 on Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters, which identified the specific difficulties in the application of the most commonly used instruments of judicial cooperation that resulted from the pandemic. Moreover, the report identified the most frequently committed crimes that were directly linked to the pandemic. It also described the role of Eurojust in relation to these issues and provided summaries of best practices.
The report complemented the Joint Eurojust-EJN Compilation on the impact of COVID-19 on judicial cooperation in criminal matters, which focused on the measures taken by the Member States to combat the spread of the virus and their impact on judicial cooperation in general terms. From March 2020 to January 2022, this overview was updated on a weekly basis in cooperation with the European Judicial Network to continuously assist judicial authorities during challenging times. The last issue was published on 21 January 2022 (full executive summary).