The tactical meeting on judicial cooperation in tax crime matters was organised by Eurojust and held at its premises in The Hague on 28 October 2016. The participants included practitioners from the Member States, Norway, Switzerland and the USA, as well as representatives from Europol and the JITs Network Secretariat.
The focus of the tactical meeting was to discuss in three different sessions the obstacles, best practice and solutions that could help overcome challenges in the investigation and prosecution of cross-border tax crime, as well as specific judicial cooperation issues in relation thereto. The first session consisted of presentations from national prosecutors of selected Member States. The second session was dedicated to the role of joint investigation teams in tax crime cases. The third session was devoted to the freezing and confiscation of the proceeds of tax crime, including obstacles in the execution of freezing and confiscation orders and issues of dual criminality in mutual legal cooperation. Combining presentations with in-depth discussions, the tactical meeting offered a forum to share best practice and experience in the investigation and prosecution of cross-border tax crime.