Michèle Coninsx, the President of Eurojust, yesterday attended the opening session of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, during which a number of issues surrounding the threat posed by nuclear terrorism were raised.
Ms Coninsx was invited to attend the opening session, as were the Presidents of the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, the Director of Europol and the Director General of the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons.
Eurojust is the organisation that builds bridges between the judicial and law enforcement authorities of the 28 Member States by facilitating cooperation and ensuring coordination of cases linked to organised crime, serious crime and terrorism. It is worth noting that Eurojust played a key role in the judicial follow-up to the Madrid terrorist attacks of 2004, and provides operational judicial coordination in ongoing counter-terrorism investigations and prosecutions.
Eurojust plays an active role in combating terrorism. Ms Coninsx is also Head of Eurojust’s Counter-Terrorism Team. Strategic and tactical meetings on terrorism, under the aegis of the Counter-Terrorism Team, are held annually at Eurojust. During those meetings, to which the network of 28 National Counter Terrorism Prosecutors are invited, strategic products developed by Eurojust, such as the Terrorism Convictions Monitor, the Eurojust CBRNE Handbook and the Maritime Piracy Judicial Monitor, are presented and placed at the disposal of the national authorities. Eurojust provides true added value and assistance in tackling issues of strategic importance, such as the financing of terrorism, foreign fighters and lone actors.
In summary, practitioners are offered an array of products that allows them to obtain tangible evidence, good trial cases, solid convictions and, ultimately, confiscation, all in the interest of the European citizen.
Ms Coninsx commented: ‘Eurojust has worked hard to become a key player and centre of expertise at judicial level against organised crime in the European Union. I am proud to be invited to represent my organisation at such a prestigious event, bringing together so many key decision-makers and leaders. The invitation extended to Eurojust shows that such decision-makers and leaders understand the essence and importance of Eurojust’s work and is a clear acknowledgement of our efforts.’
Relevant Eurojust Publications
The Terrorism Convictions Monitor is an internal Eurojust report based on open source information and contains data provided by the national authorities in the implementation of Council Decision 2005/671/JHA. It provides an overview of terrorism-related convictions and acquittals throughout the European Union as well as analytical and statistical information. The first edition of this quarterly public document was published in 2008.
The Eurojust CBRNE Handbook provides EU practitioners with specialist multi–sector legal support for investigations and prosecutions related to ‘chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive’ (CBRNE) transnational crimes. The Eurojust CBRNE Handbook is updated annually and shared with pertinent external actors.
The Maritime Piracy Judicial Monitor is produced within the context of the maritime piracy project launched by the College of Eurojust in 2012. The report is based on national experience gained from investigations, prosecutions and trials of maritime piracy cases as provided by the competent national authorities. It integrates the applicable legal framework with practical and legal issues encountered by national authorities when bringing suspected pirates to justice.