Presentation on theme: "- The Role and Work of Eurojust - Combating International Crime"— Presentation transcript:
1 - The Role and Work of Eurojust - Combating International Crime Cicero Foundation, Paris - 14 May 2004Mike KennedyPresident of the College of EurojustNational Member for the United Kingdom
2 What is Eurojust ? A group of 25 EU prosecutors / judges Aim - One nominated by each Member StateAim -‘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
3 AimsImprove co-operation between Competent Authorities in Member StatesBring better co-ordination of cross-border investigations and prosecutionsExchange of informationTo make recommendations to change laws to improve MLA & Extradition arrangements
4 Why Eurojust ? Removal of frontier controls in EU states At least 27 different legal systemsTo improve action against cross-border crimeExisting Mutual Legal Assistance & Extradition arrangements are often lengthy and uncertainAlternative to the European Prosecutor option
5 Some of the Problems European Union Principle Freedom of Movement People Capital Goods ServicesMinimal, if any, frontier controlsMobility & relatively cheap travelComputer and internet ‘cyber crime’Organised cross-border crimeTerrorismTrafficking in DrugsTrafficking in Human BeingsSerious Fraud (inc..fraud on EU Budget)Car TheftCorruption
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