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Joint Investigation Teams (JITs)

Temporary changes to the JITs funding process due to COVID-19

31/03/2020

In light of the exceptional circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Eurojust has implemented various measures to ensure the continued availability of the JITs funding programme. The range of state-imposed restrictions on meetings and gatherings as well as travel bans will make it very difficult to execute the activities of a JIT.

Eurojust wants to offer JIT funding beneficiaries the flexibility to facilitate the execution of planned activities and, therefore, announces the following temporary changes to the JITs funding process:

  1. The possibility to submit a written request via email for an extension of the action period at any time, but no later than one (1) working day before the end date of the Action Period. The request must include the JIT Award Decision number for which the extension is requested, the name of the JIT, and the name of the national authority requesting the extension on behalf of the JIT.

    The general rules for an extension of the action period will remain, as mentioned in the “What are the conditions?” section of the Informative guide on extension of the action period.

    The extension will be granted through an Amendment to the Award Decision.

  2. To waive Point 44 of the Terms & Conditions to allow beneficiaries to utilise funds across foreseen cost categories, exceeding the applicable limit of 20%.
  3. To exclude the consumption rates from below-mentioned calls when calculating the execution rate in the evaluation of new JIT applications. This means that the possibly quite low consumption of JIT funding during the COVID-19 pandemic will not affect the scoring for new JIT applications.

The mentioned changes and possibilities are available for JITs with an existing award for funding in Call 8/2019, Call 1/2020 and Call 2/2020, and will become available for JITs with an award for funding in subsequent Calls if the situation so requires.

A request for an extension of the action period, including the mandatory information as explained above, can be sent by email to JITS@eurojust.europa.eu.

Eurojust is hopeful that these measures will provide JIT funding beneficiaries with the flexibility needed to execute the operational activities of their JIT and ensure a successful continuation of investigations.