In response to the threats to internal security, Europe places a particular focus on organised crime, terrorism, cybercrime, and migrant smuggling. These crimes have a particularly high impact, are interlinked, and are crimes with a strong cross-border dimension.
Eurojust is an important component of the operational response to countering these threats. Case by case, Eurojust ensures the coordination of investigations by promoting the exchange of information, detecting cross-links between ongoing investigations, developing prosecutorial strategies, and implementing joint actions. Often, serious jurisdictional issues must be solved; the judicial authorities must decide where a suspect best can be brought to trial. This decision is particularly important in cross-border investigations, as a key principle of criminal justice is that a person can only be tried once for the same crime.
In 2018, the number of cases at Eurojust grew to more than 6 500
- In 2018, more than 3 300 new cases were brought to Eurojust by prosecutors or investigative judges across the European Union, a 19% increase compared to 2017.
- More than 3 200 cases were ongoing from previous years. In complex investigations, Eurojust is involved for a longer period of time, and supports various stages of the case, from investigation to trial. These cases can last several years.