H.E. Mr Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador for India to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg, yesterday (1 December) visited Eurojust in The Hague. The Ambassador was accompanied by Ms Renu Sharma, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg and Mr Inbasekar Sundaramurthi, First Secretary.
Eurojust’s President, Ms Michèle Coninsx, hosted the visit and provided an overview of Eurojust’s work, explaining how the main ‘tools’ such as coordination meetings are used by Eurojust’s National Members to facilitate the fight against serious cross-border crime and terrorism. New and complex crime types such as cybercrime and foreign fighters ask for the stepping up of judicial cooperation between Eurojust and the judicial authorities of non-EU countries.
Following the visit, Ms Coninsx stated: ‘It is always worth emphasising the value of visits such as this; after all, Eurojust exists to facilitate cooperation between Member States of the European Union and, increasingly, third States. We hope to be able to count India among our partners in the future.’
Coordination meetings bring together both law enforcement and judicial authorities from Member States and third States, allowing for strategic, informed and targeted operations in cross-border crime cases and the resolution of legal and practical difficulties resulting from the differences in the 30 existing legal systems in the European Union. In 2013, 206 coordination meetings were held.
Coordination centres foster the support, coordination and immediate follow-up of seizures, arrests, house/company searches, freezing orders and witness interviews.
A joint investigation team is a team consisting of judges, prosecutors and law enforcement authorities, established for a fixed period and a specific purpose by way of a written agreement between the States involved, to carry out criminal investigations in one or more of the involved States.
Eurojust works to combat terrorism, drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, counterfeiting, money laundering, cybercrime, crime against property or public goods including fraud and corruption, criminal offences affecting the EU’s financial interests, environmental crime and participation in a criminal organisation. All of Eurojust’s press releases and announcements about its work can be found here.
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