Eurojust – OLAF: enhancing ties on judicial cooperation

30 June 2020|NEWS

Today Eurojust provides a training to approximately 50 OLAF investigators on strengthening judicial cooperation between the two institutions. The training is a follow-up to the high-level meetings and agreements made between Eurojust's President, Mr Ladislav Hamran, and OLAF's Director-General, Mr Ville Itälä, in July and December last year. The training is organised by Eurojust and hosted digitally by OLAF.

The training will start with a first session explaining the role of Eurojust, the EU Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation, and the available judicial cooperation tools, such as coordination meetings, coordination centres, Joint Investigation Teams.

The second session will focus on a hands-on exchange of best practices of judicial cooperation between the two institutions and ways to enhance these in the future, moderated by Mr Boštjan Škrlec, National Member for Slovenia and Eurojust Contact Point for OLAF and his OLAF counterpart, Mr Olivier Salles, Head of Unit Coordination and Communication. Several representatives of the Eurojust National Desks and OLAF will also participate in the discussions.

Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust, welcomed this joint initiative and stated: 'I look forward to the outcome of your discussions, and fully trust that you will come up with new ideas to further strengthen our partnership and increase our focus on tangible operational results'.

This training is a continuation of the ongoing cooperation between Eurojust and OLAF (The European Anti-Fraud Office). In 2019, Eurojust and OLAF worked together in 13 cross-border investigations, an increase as compared to 2018 when 3 such cases were registered. This upward trend is similar when it comes to OLAF's participation in coordination meetings and Joint Investigation Teams.