MEP Monika Hohlmeier visits Eurojust
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Monika Hohlmeier MEP, a member of the Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) in the European Parliament, yesterday visited Eurojust. Ms Hohlmeier is a member of the Committee on Budgets and the LIBE Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Ms Hohlmeier was instrumental in securing funding for Eurojust’s new premises.
Ms Hohlmeier was welcomed by Mr Klaus Rackwitz, the Administrative Director, with whom she had a bilateral discussion on Eurojust’s budgetary matters, including Eurojust’s proposal for increased funding in 2015 and the budgetary impact of the establishment of the proposed European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).*
Following this, Ms Hohlmeier met Mr Vincent Jamin, Head of the Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) Network Secretariat. Mr Jamin explained how Eurojust supports JITs financially and with the lending of equipment, and how JITs facilitate the work of law enforcement practitioners in cross-border investigations of serious organised crime. He also provided some figures, mentioning the welcome increase over the years in the number of JITs supported by Eurojust (102 in 2013), and emphasised that to maintain an adequate level of support for JITs in the future, it is of the utmost importance that Eurojust’s budget reflect its continued funding of JITs.
As a German national, Ms Hohlmeier later met the recently appointed National Member for Germany, Mr Klaus Meyer-Cabri, who provided an insight into operational work.
A meeting with the President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, to discuss the Draft Regulation on Eurojust and the proposed EPPO – concluded the visit.
Ms Coninsx stressed that ‘Eurojust plays a unique role in the fight against serious cross-border crime, a role that is seen by prosecutors in the Member States as vital in facilitating cooperation and the coordination of investigations and prosecutions, both within the European Union and, increasingly, with third States. Only by working together can we fight back effectively against organised criminals.’
Ms Hohlmeier commented following the visit: ‘The tasks of Eurojust are growing in a time where new crime phenomena are challenging the way of judicial cooperation in the EU. Eurojust has done an excellent job during the last years and must have the necessary financial and political support to intensify and broaden its forms of cooperation. EU-wide coordination and cooperation is crucial to develop answers to cross-border crime.’
Eurojust’s budget for 2014 was EUR 32.4 million, and budget implementation was 99.6 per cent.
In 2013, Eurojust registered 1 576 cases. When Eurojust began in 2002, a total of 202 cases were registered.
* A new Eurojust Regulation is currently under analysis by the European Parliament. This new Eurojust Regulation will address the issues of modernising Eurojust and the Proposal for a Council Regulation on the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) ‘from’ Eurojust. The EPPO would have responsibility for investigations and prosecutions regarding offences against the EU’s financial interests. While the Regulation on Eurojust will follow the ordinary co-decision procedure, the Regulation establishing the EPPO requires a special legislative procedure.