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Eurojust News Issue 12

Cover Page of Eurojust News Issue 12

18/09/2014

The twelfth issue of Eurojust News focuses on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), the most prominent mutual recognition tool. The EAW is celebrating 10 years of existence, so now is a good time to consider its strengths and weaknesses, especially as the call for reform within one year has been sounded by the European Parliament.

Jan Van Gaever, a Deputy Prosecutor General in Brussels, formally introduces this newsletter with a discussion of the issues surrounding the EAW, including suggestions for its improvement and a possible enhanced role for Eurojust. Following Mr Van Gaever’s introduction, we move on to Eurojust’s activities in the area, case examples highlighting the role of Eurojust and the work of Eurojust’s Judicial Cooperation Instruments Team.

The Spring Conference of the European Criminal Bar Association, held in Warsaw on 25-26 April, was entitled Legal aid – privilege for criminals or essential for fair proceedings?. A forum such as this provides an opportunity for practitioners and experts, including Eurojust, to exchange information on topics that are relevant for the EU criminal justice area.

Eurojust hosted a strategic seminar in June, entitled The European Arrest Warrant: Which way forward?, in which leading figures in Europe’s legislative sphere gave presentations that provided valuable discussion points and background, and held workshops on a range of highly relevant topics. Professor Anne Weyembergh gave the keynote speech at the seminar, and we were fortunate that she could spare the time to provide Eurojust News with an interview. Baroness Sarah Ludford, a former Liberal Democrat MEP from the UK, gave a keynote speech at the meeting of the Consultative Forum on the future of the European Arrest Warrant. Baroness Ludford was also kind enough to provide an enlightening interview for this issue of Eurojust News. Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas of University College London provides his perspective of the first ten years of the EAW. Judge Lars Bay Larsen of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) shares his thoughts on the development of the EAW, the protection of fundamental human rights, and cases before the ECJ.

If you have any questions or comments concerning this issue of Eurojust News or suggestions for future issues, please contact our Press and PR Service. For previous issues, please see our document library.