JITs Network

JITs Network

In accordance with Council Document 11037/05, the Network of National Experts on Joint Investigation Teams (the JITs Network) was established in 2005 to facilitate the work of practitioners, as well as to encourage the use of JITs and contribute to the sharing of experience and best practice in using this tool.

Since 2005, the JITs Network Secretariat has organised annual meetings of the JITs Network with support from Eurojust and Europol. The meetings provide a forum for JIT practitioners from the Member States and relevant EU institutions to share experience and challenges and propose solutions from a practitioner’s point of view.

Eurojust promotes and supports the activities of the JITs Network by providing practical and logistical support, including hosting the annual meetings of the JITs Network at its premises in The Hague, as well as hosting the Secretariat.

Composition

Each Member State appoints one or more national experts to the Network, which represents the judicial (prosecutors, judges, Ministries of Justice) and law enforcement (police officers, Ministries of Interior) dimensions of a JIT. At a national level, the experts act as ‘contact points’ whom practitioners wishing to set up a JIT can address. As members of the Network, they have expertise in the functioning of JITs in their country and have access to information concerning the practicalities of JITs with other Member States. Institutional bodies such as Eurojust, Europol, OLAF, the European Commission and the Council of the EU have also appointed contact points to the JITs Network.

To contact your JIT National Expert(s), please check available domestic channels (intranets, etc.). If you cannot find the necessary information, please email the Network Secretariat at jitsnetworksecretariat@eurojust.europa.eu.

The Network Secretariat

Hosted by Eurojust since 2011, the JITs Network Secretariat supports, promotes and stimulates the activities of the JITs Network. Since July 2013, the JITs Network Secretariat is also in charge of the management of Eurojust’s JITs funding programme. The Secretariat makes a significant contribution to many activities of the Network, including JIT training activities conducted – inside and outside the EU – in partnership with the European Police College (CEPOL), the Academy of European Law (ERA) and the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN).

Support offered by the Network

The JITs Network and its Secretariat have developed a number of tools with support from Eurojust and Europol to help encourage the use of JITs, facilitate their setting up, and contribute to the sharing of experience and best practice, including:

  • the JITs Practical Guide, available in all official EU languages;
     
  • a web platform (JITs Restricted Area) that gives access to information on national legislation, drafting of JIT agreements and most frequent practical and legal difficulties (national practitioners interested in JITs may request access by sending an email to jitsnetworksecretariat@eurojust.europa.eu); and
     
  • a JIT evaluation form (available here) to facilitate the gathering and sharing of information on JITs operations. The form is one of the deliverables of the JIT Evaluation Project.

The objectives of the JIT Evaluation Project are:

  • to enhance and improve the use and functioning of JITs in the Member States;
     
  • to create a ‘bank of knowledge’ on JITs through the systematic and centralised collection of evaluation data; and
     
  • to provide feedback on JITs to relevant actors and stakeholders.

Three JIT evaluation reports were issued so far, with the third issue complementing the experience of JIT practitioners with Eurojust’s experience in the setting up and operation of JITs.

The Secretariat makes a significant contribution to promoting JITs between practitioners by continuously sharing knowledge (for example during coordination meetings and seminars) and providing training activities to judiciary and law enforcement authorities within and outside the European Union, including in partnership with the European Police College (CEPOL) and the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN).

Meetings of the Network

Since 2005, the meetings of the National Experts on Joint Investigation Teams have been held annually with the support of Eurojust and Europol.

The meetings provide a forum for the JIT practitioners from the Member States and institutions to share experience and challenges encountered in the use of JITs, with a view to improving the tool. Conclusions of these meetings are available below:

Conclusions of the 1st Meeting | 2nd Meeting | 3rd Meeting | 4th Meeting | 5th Meeting | 6th Meeting
7th Meeting | 8th Meeting | 9th Meeting | 10th Meeting | 11th Meeting | 12th Meeting | 13th Meeting
14th Meeting | 15th Meeting