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Drug trafficking: Eurojust to hold strategic meeting

22/09/2014

Eurojust will hold a strategic meeting in The Hague on drug trafficking on 29 and 30 September.

This strategic meeting follows up on the work initiated in October 2011 by Eurojust’s seminar in Krakow, where several practitioners provided insights into how to increase the effectiveness of judicial cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking, with support from Eurojust, Europol and other European and international bodies. These views complemented Eurojust’s casework analysis and paved the way for an action plan on enhancing the work of Eurojust in drug trafficking cases.

Organised by Eurojust’s Trafficking and Related Crimes Team, the strategic meeting aims to present progress on the implementation of the action plan and stimulate discussion through workshops among participants on Setting up controlled deliveries and the role of Eurojust, Judicial cooperation in cases involving (pre)precursors and New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and Judicial cooperation with third States.

The strategic meeting will be attended by prosecutors, law enforcement authorities and experts in the field from across the Member States of the European Union, third States, as well as EU bodies and international organisations, including Europol, the EMCDDA, the Council of Europe (Pompidou Group) and UNODC. Ms Dana Spinant, Head of the Anti-Drugs Policy Unit in the European Commission, and MEP Axel Voss, Rapporteur for the Eurojust Regulation, will open the meeting.

The results of the discussions are expected to provide practitioners with useful tools and examples of good practice in their fight against drug trafficking.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Drug trafficking was one of the main crime types dealt with in Eurojust’s 2013 casework, with 239 cases registered, 56 coordination meetings organised and 26 JITs established (source: Eurojust Annual Report 2013).

Eurojust’s Trafficking and Related Crimes Team is one of several teams Eurojust organises to cover specialist matters. The Team is composed by prosecutors, analysts and legal officers to provide expertise in the fight against THB, drug trafficking, and other related crime areas linked to organised crime.

In July of this year, Eurojust strengthened its work in this area by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the EMCDDA, the so-called EU Drugs Agency, to exchange strategic and technical information in the areas of drug legislation and supply.

The fight against drug trafficking committed by organised crime groups is among the priorities set by the Council for 2013-2017. The European Commission has supported these priorities with several initiatives, including the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT) on Synthetic Drugs and Cocaine/Heroin.

 

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