Eurojust hosted the Justice and Home Affairs agencies' network (JHAAN) in 2020, the year the network celebrated its 10th anniversary.
In July 2020, the Heads of JHA agencies discussed the impact of the pandemic on the work of the agencies on the basis of the Joint Paper of the JHA agencies’ network on the COVID-19 response, which outlined the activities by each agency as well as joint efforts to deal with the impact of the pandemic. The heads of the agencies also discussed the fundamental rights implications of government COVID-19 measures, the quick adaptation of organised crime to the changing circumstances and the recent surge in drug use, domestic violence and child abuse. The Joint Paper was updated in January 2021 to reflect further initiatives in the second half of the year.
The annual meeting of Heads of JHA agencies on 20 November focused on digitalisation and the first exchange on artificial intelligence and digital capacity building, training tools and innovative learning. With the COVID-19 pandemic having served as a catalyst for teleworking and videoconferencing, the agencies agreed to explore avenues for closer cooperation to shape the digital future of law enforcement, border management and justice in full respect of fundamental rights.