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Operational and strategic activities

Strategic meetings and seminars on the future of Eurojust


Eurojust participates in the ongoing European debate about future developments under the Lisbon Treaty. Eurojust’s contribution is solely informed by the operational experience acquired by the National Members and the College since the setting up of Eurojust in 2002.

In December 2009, Eurojust approved the setting up of a Task Force on the Future of Eurojust with the aim to reflect, promote discussion and make contributions about the strengthening of Eurojust and the setting up of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) from Eurojust, as referred to in the Lisbon Treaty (Articles 85 and 86 TFEU) and the Stockholm Programme.

Discussions take place continuously within Eurojust and activities are organised with the participation of external experts. The seminars that have taken place to date are listed and summarised below. To view and/or download the full report of each seminar, simply click on the title of the seminar. All reports are also available in the document library of this website.

Eurojust Seminar on the new draft Regulation of Eurojust: "An improvement in the fight against cross-border crime?", The Hague, 14-15 October 2013

The seminar “The new draft Regulation on Eurojust: an improvement in the fight against cross-border crime?” was organised by Eurojust and took place in The Hague on 14 and 15 October 2013. The aim of the seminar was to discuss the proposed reform of Eurojust, assess its impact and identify challenges and possible solutions.

The European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on Eurojust (issued in July 2013) was analysed and commented with a particular focus on the following four themes: 1) Structure and governance of Eurojust; 2) Tasks, competence and powers of Eurojust; 3) Relations with partners and third States; 4) Relations between Eurojust and the EPPO.

Eurojust-ERA Conference “10 Years of Eurojust: Operational Achievements and Future Challenges”,
12-13 November 2012

The Conference “10 Years of Eurojust. Operational Achievements and Future Challenges”, organised by Eurojust with the support of the Academy of European Law (ERA), was held at the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague, on 12 and 13 November 2012.

The general goal of the Conference was, on the one hand, to celebrate Eurojust’s achievements ten years after its establishment and, on the other hand, to discuss Eurojust’s future challenges, particularly in view of the European Commission’s proposals for regulations on Eurojust and on the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), both of which are expected in 2013.

Eurojust: new perspectives in judicial cooperation, Budapest, 15-17 May 2011

This strategic seminar, co-organised by Eurojust and the Hungarian Presidency of the EU, built on the previous one held in Bruges but focused on Article 85 TFEU and chose a critical approach to the tasks currently performed by Eurojust as a basis for exploring prospective changes. Emphasis was on an evidence-based approach to Eurojust’s development, inspired by a European vision.

The following issues were thoroughly discussed: the opportunity to grant binding powers to Eurojust under Article 85 TFEU to initiate criminal investigations and to propose the initiation of prosecutions as well as to prevent and solve conflicts of jurisdiction; the difficulties encountered in exercising the task of coordination of investigations and prosecutions and the way to improve it; the strengthening of future operational cooperation with Europol and with OLAF; the possible ways to make the different mechanisms of evaluation of Eurojust operate in practice.

Eurojust and the Lisbon Treaty: towards more effective action, Bruges, 20-22 September 2010

The goal of the strategic seminar, co-organised by Eurojust and the Belgian Presidency of the EU, was to reflect on the future development of Eurojust in light of the new provisions introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, i.e. the regulations for Eurojust according to Article 85 TFEU and the possible establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) from Eurojust under Article 86 TFEU.

Discussions focused on the institutional development of Eurojust; its increasing operational powers provided by the new legal basis; the operational cooperation with relevant partners (Europol, OLAF, EJN); the establishment of an EPPO according to Article 86 and, in particular, the possible scenarios for the setting up of the EPPO from Eurojust; the timing of the new regulations to be adopted; the competence, status and guarantees of the EPPO.