The yearly presentation of the Eurojust Annual Report to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) of the European Parliament (EP) took place on 21 June in the EP.
After an introduction by Mr Aguilar, Chair of the LIBE Committee, Ms Coninsx highlighted the increase in the number of cases dealt with by Eurojust (1,441 in 2011), and the 45% increase in the number of coordination meetings. She stressed that the role of Eurojust is unique in the world, and reiterated its commitment to dealing with the EU’s priority crimes, as identified by the Council: terrorism, drug trafficking, THB, fraud, corruption, cybercrime, money laundering, and other forms of organised crimes. Ms Coninsx also emphasized the quality, quantity and speed of assistance provided by Eurojust. She explained the recent successes of Eurojust’s operational coordination centres, where all major actors are brought together at Eurojust on the action day to execute European Arrest Warrants (EAWs) and coordinating searches, seizures and arrests, often with the assistance of a Europol representative. Ms Coninsx also described the role of Joint Investigation Teams (JITs), which she characterised as a “five-year success story”. Eurojust’s pivotal role in administering the JIT Funding Project was also highlighted, with 165 applications for funding processed in 2011, and 65 JITs funded.
The second JIT Funding Project grant expires in October 2013. After that time, Eurojust will no longer be in a position to apply for a grant, and for that reason Eurojust must find an alternative solution if JIT financing is to continue after 2013.
The future effectiveness of Eurojust will be ensured by the increased flow of information from the Member States and fuller implementation by the Member States of the revised Council Decision on Eurojust.
According to Article 85 TFEU, “The European Parliament and the Council, by means of regulations adopted in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure, shall determine Eurojust’s structure, operation, field of action and tasks.... These regulations shall also determine arrangements for involving the European Parliament and national Parliaments in the evaluation of Eurojust’s activities.” Eurojust would like to know what the European Parliament would need to evaluate the activities of Eurojust in accordance with Article 85 TFEU.
The LIBE Committee agreed to visit Eurojust in the fall of this year to get better acquainted with the work of Eurojust.
The Eurojust Annual Report 2011 is on our website in EN, and in the coming weeks in all the official EU languages: