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1 - 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

2 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 ?

3 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

4 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 ?

5 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

6 The Enlarged European Union

7 27 EU Legal Systems 27 EU Legal Systems

8 Free Movement Free Movement 27 EU Legal Systems

9 AustriaAustria BelgiumBelgium CyprusCyprus Czech RepublicCzech Republic DenmarkDenmark EstoniaEstonia FinlandFinland FranceFrance GermanyGermany GreeceGreece HungaryHungary –Ulrike Haberl-Schwarz = V/President –Michèle Coninsx –Katerina Loizou –Pavel Zeman –Johan Reimann –Raivo Sepp –Tuomas Oja –Olivier de Baynast = V/President –Hermann von Langsdorff –Stavroula Koutoulakou –Ilona Lévai Eurojust - Membership (1)

10 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)

11 How Eurojust Works Case ReferralsCase Referrals Working MethodsWorking Methods Adding ValueAdding Value Strategic MeetingsStrategic Meetings Co-ordination MeetingsCo-ordination Meetings

12 Cases Referred 1 March - 31 December 2001 = January - 31 December 2002 = January - 31 December 2003 = January - 12 May 2004 = 118

13 Offences Drug Trafficking Money Laundering Fraud Terrorism

14 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


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