Presentation on theme: "- The Role and Work of Eurojust - Combating International Crime Mike Kennedy President of the College of Eurojust National Member for the United Kingdom."— Presentation transcript:
- The Role and Work of Eurojust - Combating International Crime Mike Kennedy President of the College of Eurojust National Member for the United Kingdom Cicero Foundation, Paris - 14 May 2004
A group of 25 EU prosecutors / judgesA group of 25 EU prosecutors / judges –One nominated by each Member State Aim -Aim - –to deal more effectively with serious cross border crime, particularly when it is organised, and involves two or more Member States - JHA Council Decision of 14 December 2000 What is Eurojust ?
Aims Improve co-operation between Competent Authorities in Member StatesImprove co-operation between Competent Authorities in Member States Bring better co-ordination of cross-border investigations and prosecutionsBring better co-ordination of cross-border investigations and prosecutions Exchange of informationExchange of information To make recommendations to change laws to improve MLA & Extradition arrangementsTo make recommendations to change laws to improve MLA & Extradition arrangements
Removal of frontier controls in EU statesRemoval of frontier controls in EU states At least 27 different legal systemsAt least 27 different legal systems To improve action against cross-border crimeTo improve action against cross-border crime Existing Mutual Legal Assistance & Extradition arrangements are often lengthy and uncertainExisting Mutual Legal Assistance & Extradition arrangements are often lengthy and uncertain Alternative to the European Prosecutor optionAlternative to the European Prosecutor option Why Eurojust ?
Some of the Problems European Union Principle Freedom of MovementEuropean Union Principle Freedom of Movement –People Capital Goods Services –Minimal, if any, frontier controls –Mobility & relatively cheap travel –Computer and internet cyber crime Organised cross-border crimeOrganised cross-border crime –Terrorism –Trafficking in Drugs –Trafficking in Human Beings –Serious Fraud (inc..fraud on EU Budget) –Car Theft –Corruption
ItalyItaly LithuaniaLithuania LatviaLatvia LuxembourgLuxembourg MaltaMalta The NetherlandsThe Netherlands PolandPoland PortugalPortugal SlovakiaSlovakia SloveniaSlovenia SpainSpain SwedenSweden UKUK –Cesare Martellino –Rolandas Tilindis –Gunars Bundzis –Georges Heisbourg –Silvio Camilleri –Roelof-Jan Manschot –Jerzy Iwanicki –Jose-Luis Lopes da Mota –Peter Paluda –Barbara Brezigar (subject to Parliament) –Ruben Jimenez Fernandes –Solveig Wollstad –Mike Kennedy = President of the College Eurojust - Membership (2)
How Eurojust Works Case ReferralsCase Referrals Working MethodsWorking Methods Adding ValueAdding Value Strategic MeetingsStrategic Meetings Co-ordination MeetingsCo-ordination Meetings
Cases Referred 1 March - 31 December 2001 = January - 31 December 2002 = January - 31 December 2003 = January - 12 May 2004 = 118
Offences Drug Trafficking Money Laundering Fraud Terrorism
Working at Different Levels Level 1Level 1 – Plenary Meeting of all 25 National Members – Twice each week Level 2Level 2 –Only those national members involved in a case Level 3Level 3 –Investigators & prosecutors dealing with a case