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Network secretariats

Secretariat of the European Judicial Network

The European Judicial Network (EJN) is a network of national contact points for the facilitation of judicial cooperation in criminal matters. The EJN was created by Joint Action 98/428 JHA of 29 June 1998, from 24 December 2008 replaced by Council Decision 2008/976/JHA of 16 December 2008 (the EJN Decision).

The EJN is composed of contact points of the Member States, from central authorities in charge of international judicial cooperation and judicial authorities or other competent authorities with specific responsibilities in the field of international judicial cooperation. The EJN also has contact points in the EU candidate countries and in EJN associated countries. In addition, the EJN has established relations with other judicial networks and through contact points in a number of EU third countries.

The EJN Secretariat is responsible for the administration of the EJN, including the EJN website, which has been set up for the dissemination of relevant information to the EJN Contact Points and competent judicial authorities. Among other user-friendly manners of presenting this information, the website provides several practical e-tools for judicial cooperation. As indicated in Article 25a(b) of the Eurojust Decision, the EJN Secretariat forms part of the staff of Eurojust and functions as a separate Unit.

Genocide Network Secretariat

The European network of contact points in respect of persons responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes was set up by Council Decisions 2002/494/JHA of 13 June 2002 and 2003/335/JHA of 8 May 2003 (Genocide Network). During the network meetings, contact points regularly exchange information related to cases pending within their jurisdiction and other practical information in order to improve cooperation with each other and third parties. In accordance with the Eurojust Decision, a Secretariat for the Genocide Network has been established within Eurojust to further improve and coordinate cooperation within the Network. The Secretariat supports the EU Presidency in arranging regular meetings for the Network to exchange information on all matters relating to the investigation and prosecution of serious international crimes. It is also responsible for the compilation and exchange of information between the contact points, including information on final court decisions in genocide cases and extradition, as well as other open source information on relevant issues, such as universal jurisdiction.

The Genocide Network Secretariat was established in 2011, and the first Genocide Network Coordinator took up duty in July 2011. In accordance with Article 25a(2) of the Eurojust Decision, it forms part of the staff of Eurojust and functions as a separate unit.

JITs Network Secretariat

In July 2005, the Article 36 Committee (CATS) agreed to establish an informal JITs Experts Network (see Council Document 11037/05) in order to further promote the use of this instrument amongst national authorities. All Member States have designated their national expert or experts, as have OLAF, Europol, Eurojust, the European Commission and the Council Secretariat. Since the main objective of designating national experts on JITs is to facilitate the work of practitioners in the Member States, the experts are drawn from law enforcement, prosecution and/or judiciary authorities. Since mid-January 2011, the JITs Network has a Secretariat of its own to promote the activities of the Network and to support the National Experts in their work. In accordance with Article 25a(2) of the Eurojust Decision, it forms part of the staff of Eurojust and functions as a separate unit.