Czech Republic

Czech Republic

The Czech Desk is headed by Lukáš Starý, who is the National Member for the Czech Republic since February 2011.

In 2022, the Czech Desk was involved in 253 new cases, 43 coordination meetings, 3 coordination centres, and 41 joint investigation teams.

National Member

Lukas Stary
Lukáš Starý

National Member

Lukáš Starý was appointed National Member for the Czech Republic on 1 February 2011. Mr Starý was a prosecutor in the International Department of the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Czech Republic from October 2008 to June 2009. From 2003 to 2008, and again from 2009 until his appointment at Eurojust, Mr Starý worked at the District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Karvina.

Deputy National Member

Martina Hluštíková has been Deputy National Member for the Czech Republic since February 2016. From November 2014 until her appointment to Eurojust, she worked as Deputy Chief Prosecutor at the District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ostrava. This is her second time working at Eurojust, as she was Seconded National Expert at the Czech Desk from May 2013 until October 2013. Before that, from 2003, she worked at the District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ostrava. Since the beginning of her career, she specialises in international judicial cooperation.

Seconded National Expert

Martin Holík, Public Prosecutor of the District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Prague.

National Desk Administrative Assistant

Taťána Dvořáková has joined the Czech National Desk in May 2023. Since 2002, she has worked as police officer of Police of the Czech Republic. In 2010, she became a member of National Drug Headquatres. In the period 2021-2023 she was seconded to Europol as a Seconded National Expert. She completed her studies at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic.

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Casework

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
New cases (total)
- of which initiating
- of which participating
205
113
92
238
136
102
244
119
125
259
135
124
239
118
121
253
134
119
Coordination meetings (initiating and/or participating) 22 24 34 25 31 43
Coordination centres (organising and/or participating) - 1 3 6 4 3
Joint investigation teams (newly signed and/or ongoing) 11 32 30 33 35 41

Case examples

44 arrested in Europe-wide crackdown against high-risk criminal network

Crime: Several criminal organisations, belonging to one of the most dangerous high-risk criminal networks in the European Union, work together to carry out large-scale poly-criminal activities (including drug trafficking and money laundering) in and outside the European Union.

Joint Investigation Teams - Funded by Eurojust

Action: On 22 November, 94 searches are executed across Europe, targeting the leaders of the criminal organisations and their associates. In an unprecedented international operation, involving judicial and law enforcement authorities from 11 countries, 44 individuals are arrested in Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Latvia, France, Germany, Poland, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and the United States.

Result: During the action day, large quantities of various illicit drugs, such as cocaine, hashish and cannabis and methamphetamine are seized.

Eurojust's role: International cooperation coordinated by Eurojust and Europol is key to bringing the perpetrators located in different locations across the world to justice. Eurojust sets up and finances two JITs, which, together with Europol’s Operational Taskforce, serve as a joint hub for criminal intelligence. Based on this pool of information and evidence, the different authorities agree on a common strategy to bring down the whole network. Eurojust organises 15 coordination meetings to prepare for the action day and sets up a coordination centre to provide cross-border judicial assistance.

flags of LT, CZ, FR, DE, HU, LV, PL, ES, SK, Norway, USA, logo of Europol and Eurojust

Eurojust supports action against large-scale VAT fraud to the EU

Crime: An OCG regularly smuggles large quantities of cigarettes produced in the United Arab Emirates to Hungary, committing large-scale VAT fraud. The estimated damage caused by the tax evasion to the European Union budget amounts to over EUR 8 750 000.

Action: On 16 August 2022, a joint action day is supported by Eurojust and Europol, during which one suspect is arrested. International and European Arrest Warrants are issued against three more suspects still at large.

Result: Authorities in Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland dismantle the criminal network. Over EUR 750 000 in several currencies, 7 high-value cars and 49 very high-value wristwatches are seized in Hungary.

Eurojust's Role: The Agency actively facilitates cross-border judicial cooperation between the national authorities involved, including the execution of European Investigation Orders (EIOs) and the organisation of the joint action day.

Flags of HU, AT, CZ, PL, Europol, Eurojust logos

Slovak and Czech authorities take action against right-wing terrorism

Joint Investigation Teams - Funded by Eurojust

Crime: A 22-year-old is suspected of committing several terrorist and extremist crimes, with the objective of publicly inciting the overthrow of the democratic political system. He shares photos of glorified far-right extremists, and publishes instructions for the production of weapons, explosives and mines, as well as guidelines on how to carry out sabotage attacks.

Action: Two action days take place, supported by Eurojust, Europol, the United States, Slovak and Czech authorities: one on 11 May in Slovakia, where one location is searched, followed by a second on 23 May in the Czech Republic where another location is searched.

Result: During the first action day in Slovakia, one suspect is arrested and a 3D printer, computer and other electronic devices are seized. During the second action day in the Czech Republic, a number of 3D-printed metal parts of weapons are seized.

Eurojust's role: The Agency supported the authorities in Slovakia and the Czech Republic by setting up and funding a JIT into the case. One coordination meeting took place in Slovakia to share information, decide on a common strategy, and facilitate cooperation with the United States and Europol.

Flags of SK, CZ, US, Europol, Eurojust logos
10 arrests following a controlled delivery of drugs across Europe

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