Fifteen years on from the European Council's special meeting in Tampere in October 1999, the European Commission Representation in Finland organised a conference entitled 15 years of Freedom, Security and Justice, EU strategy for the next decade.
Mr Ladislav Hamran, the National Member for Slovakia and one of Eurojust’s two Vice-Presidents, attended the conference to represent Eurojust and gave a speech on the second day entitled Ensuring criminal liability across borders – Future of Eurojust and the added value of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
In his speech, Mr Hamran outlined Eurojust’s short and long-term objectives: in the short term, Eurojust will continue to be a centre of expertise both operationally and strategically. In the long term, the objective is to fulfill Article 86 of the Lisbon Treaty and establish a proposed European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) ‘from Eurojust’. Eurojust believes the EPPO will profit from its operational experience in international judicial cooperation and the tools it has developed to succeed in its operational work.
Of particular note in the speech was the reference to a recent Euroneeds study that placed Eurojust as the judicial and law enforcement body most frequently utilised by practitioners.
Following the conference, Mr Hamran commented that: ‘Eurojust builds bridges between the different jurisdictions in the Member States and is increasingly working with third States to expand our knowledge base, to build on our work as an information centre, and to strengthen our presence outside the borders of the European Union. It was a pleasure to note the findings of the Euroneeds study and to relay these findings today. This is a clear sign that our work is recognised by our core partners – practitioners.’
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