On 28 September 2020, a coordination meeting between Slovak and Belgium judicial authorities in the criminal case of a Slovak citizen Jozef Chovanec took place in Brussels. The meeting was organized by Eurojust, the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation.
The Slovak delegation was led by Ms. Viera Kováčiková, First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Slovak Republic. The Belgian judicial authorities were represented by the Prosecutor General in Mons, Mr. Ignacio de la Serna, who briefed the Slovak partners about the state of play of the investigation in Belgium.
In order to objectively clarify the cause of Jozef Chovanec's fatal arrest and the circumstances prior to the whole incident, both parties agreed to cooperate with each other.
The Belgian delegation has accepted the offer of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Slovak Republic to execute promptly all future requests for mutual legal assistance on the territory of Slovakia.
The judicial authorities of both countries will continue to communicate and coordinate their course of action through Eurojust.
Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information can be provided at this stage.