Through Eurojust, prosecutors and investigative judges can overcome the obstacles posed by national borders. The European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit, created in 2002 and based in The Hague, functions as a permanent hub and tailor-made crime-fighting facility, on-call 24/7 and 365 days per year. Eurojust has a unique hybrid structure, in which national authorities work together within an EU-funded operational agency:
- Each EU Member State is represented by a National Desk, consisting of a team of prosecutors and/or investigative judges, led by a National Member. The National Members serve as the main contact points for their colleagues in the national prosecution services. They give advice, facilitate the use of Eurojust services, and set up the right contacts with prosecutors from other countries to ensure that cross-border cooperation runs as smoothly as possible.
- The Administration of Eurojust employs judicial cooperation advisors who have specialist knowledge of the workings of different national legal systems and European judicial instruments. The Administration is also responsible for the Case Management System, the security of building and staff, and the practical organisation of coordination meetings and coordination centres, from which prosecutors can monitor actions across several countries in real time.
- Six non-EU Member States have posted Liaison Prosecutors to Eurojust.