Strengthening Eurojust

29-05-2008

In January 2008, 14 Member States submitted a proposal for a Council Decision on the strengthening of Eurojust. The aim of this proposal is not to replace the existing Decision of February 2002, but only to amend it, in order to significantly improve the current situation of Eurojust and to reinforce the fight against serious crime. Eurojust has a unique position in the field of judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It also has sufficient financial resources to fulfil its tasks. However, there is a lack of sufficient powers, which is sometimes the result of a particular legal system. Not all national members have equivalent powers. In order to improve the functioning of Eurojust and to underline its role in coordinating and assisting national authorities in investigations and prosecutions as well as in the field of international cooperation there is a need to provide the College as well as national members with additional powers sufficient to perform their tasks. The proposals, such as the establishment of on-call coordination, Eurojust national coordinating systems and closer cooperation between Eurojust and other partners are crucial for the further functioning of Eurojust in the fight against serious transnational crime (including terrorism) and, as such, should be welcomed. The information flow between the national authorities, Eurojust and various entities should be strengthened to the extent necessary and justified for the performance by Eurojust of its tasks. As regards the external relations of Eurojust, these could be extended, where appropriate. A more effective Eurojust will mean more effective national authorities. The European judicial area will be better protected with the assistance of a successful Eurojust.

In January 2008, 14 Member States submitted a proposal for a Council Decision on the strengthening of Eurojust. The aim of this proposal is not to replace the existing Decision of February 2002, but only to amend it, in order to significantly improve the current situation of Eurojust and to reinforce the fight against serious crime. Eurojust has a unique position in the field of judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It also has sufficient financial resources to fulfil its tasks. However, there is a lack of sufficient powers, which is sometimes the result of a particular legal system. Not all national members have equivalent powers. In order to improve the functioning of Eurojust and to underline its role in coordinating and assisting national authorities in investigations and prosecutions as well as in the field of international cooperation there is a need to provide the College as well as national members with additional powers sufficient to perform their tasks. The proposals, such as the establishment of on-call coordination, Eurojust national coordinating systems and closer cooperation between Eurojust and other partners are crucial for the further functioning of Eurojust in the fight against serious transnational crime (including terrorism) and, as such, should be welcomed. The information flow between the national authorities, Eurojust and various entities should be strengthened to the extent necessary and justified for the performance by Eurojust of its tasks. As regards the external relations of Eurojust, these could be extended, where appropriate. A more effective Eurojust will mean more effective national authorities. The European judicial area will be better protected with the assistance of a successful Eurojust.

External author

Branislav Bohacik, European Institute of Public Administration, Antenne Luxembourg