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Foreign fighters discussed at JHA Council meeting today


Eurojust’s President, Ms Michèle Coninsx, today attended the meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg, held under the Italian Presidency of the European Council. The meeting covered a number of important matters. Of particular note during the Home Affairs session were the Follow-up on the implementation of the EU priorities in combatting serious and organised international crime and the issue of foreign fighters.

The phenomenon of foreign fighters returning from Syria, particularly the serious threat they pose to European security, was discussed by leading counter-terrorism prosecutors at Eurojust’s meeting held in The Hague on 5 June of this year.

A legislative deliberation was discussed during the Justice session on the Proposal for a Council Regulation on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's Office.

Ms Coninsx explained the role of Eurojust in combating serious cross-border crime, and underlined that Eurojust is fully involved in and adheres to the priorities of the EU policy cycle. In practice, this includes the use of joint investigation teams and the European Arrest Warrant, ‎to combat these crimes. As this relates to international cooperation and multiple jurisdictions, Eurojust assists in identifying the correct evidence and its admissibility, and recommends which Member State is in a better position to prosecute. Only then will we overcome impunity, ensure convictions and work as a deterrent.

Photo: left to right Mr Gilles de KERCHOVE, Ms Michèle Coninsx and Minister Dailis Alfonsas Barakauskas


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