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Eurojust Decision

Eurojust’s current legal framework entered into force on 4 June 2009 to enhance its operational effectiveness. Council Decision 2009/426/JHA on the strengthening of Eurojust has the following main objectives:

  • Improve the transmission of information to Eurojust;
  • Create a common minimum basis of National Members’ powers;
  • Establish emergency On-Call Coordination;
  • Strengthen Eurojust’s ties with national authorities and cooperation with the European Judicial Network; and
  • Enhance relations with partners such as Europol, OLAF, Frontex, IntCen and third States.

Council Decision 2009/426/JHA is available in all official EU languages in the document library.

Eurojust Regulation

The Eurojust Regulation (Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation), applicable from December 2019, brings changes in the following operational areas:

  • take a more proactive role, acting on its own initiative, in coordinating cases, e.g. by supporting the national authorities in their investigations and prosecutions, discover links between cases; can also produce guidelines, policy documents and casework-related analyses;
  • assist with investigations that have repercussions at EU level, even if they involve only one Member State;
  • harmonise operational powers with respect to their Member State and in accordance with the law of that Member State;
  • strengthen operational functions by reducing the administrative workload of National Members;
  • set up a system of close cooperation with the EPPO; reinforce cooperation with Europol, OLAF and Frontex;
  • align data protection rules with the general EU rules; and
  • bring relations with third States and other international organisations under the common EU framework for external relations.