New Representative for Denmark at Eurojust takes up duties

26 October 2022|PRESS RELEASE

Mr Torben Thygesen was appointed Eurojust Representative for Denmark in October 2022. He replaces Mr Jesper Hjortenberg, who served as the National Member for Denmark between 2010 and 2019, and as a Representative since the Eurojust Regulation entered into force in December 2019.

Torben Thygesen

Commenting on his new role, Mr Thygesen, stated: As a prosecutor, working with serious and organised cross-border crime, I have experienced the value and importance of close national cooperation in investigating and prosecuting transnational crime, and I have experienced the benefits of Eurojust. I am honoured to be appointed as the new Representative for Denmark at Eurojust, and I look forward to building on the work done by Mr Jesper Hjortenberg and to support transnational cooperation in combatting cross-border crime. Also, I look forward to meeting my new colleagues at Eurojust.

Mr Thygesen has been a prosecutor since 1998 and has worked at the Office of the State Prosecutor for several years. He has prosecuted many cases before the Western High Court of Denmark, including cases involving terrorism and serious and organised cross-border crime.

From 2010 until 2019, Mr Thygesen was Deputy State Prosecutor and Chief Prosecutor in different sections of the Danish Prosecution service and from 2017 to 2019 head of a section investigating and prosecuting serious and organised cross-border crime. Since 2019, he has been Deputy State Prosecutor at the State Prosecutor of Viborg.

Alongside this, he is attached to and appointed as examiner at the faculty of law at Aarhus University and Copenhagen University.

Eurojust and Denmark agreement on judicial cooperation

Protocol 22 of the Lisbon Treaty of 2009 states that EU legislation in the area of freedom, security and justice does not apply to Denmark. Since the entry into force of the Eurojust Regulation in December 2019, Denmark is no longer a member of Eurojust.

Eurojust and the Kingdom of Denmark have signed an Agreement on Criminal Justice Cooperation that enables the parties to coordinate investigations and prosecutions during cross-border cases. The Agreement takes into account Denmark’s status as an EU Member State and a Schengen Area Country. Under the Agreement, Denmark may second a Representative, a Deputy and an Assistant to Eurojust to coordinate its criminal investigations and prosecutions with other Member States as well as third countries that have a cooperation agreement with Eurojust.