The President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, today spoke at the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) event in Amsterdam. The event, Strategic Considerations for Risk and Threat Mitigation, focused on the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Authorized Economic Operator (AEO).
Ms Coninsx gave a speech entitled Judicial Cooperation and Prosecution in Europe. The speech outlined the work of Eurojust in general terms, described its work in terrorism matters and how it facilitates coordination between the prosecutors of the Member States. In 2013, Eurojust registered 1 576 cases across the priority crime types identified by the Council of the European Union; terrorism was addressed in three coordination meetings.
OSAC was created in 1985 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between American private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State.
C-TPAT began in November 2001 with seven major importers as members and today has more than 10,000 certified partners. These partners account for over 50 percent (by value) of imports into the United States.
Economic operators can apply for AEO status either to obtain easier access to customs simplifications or to be in a more favourable position to comply with the new security requirements.
Ms Coninsx chairs Eurojust’s Counter-Terrorism Team, a centre of expertise on terrorism. A recognised expert on counter-terrorism matters, Ms Coninsx was responsible for anti-terrorism relating to aircraft sabotage and hijacking for the International Civil Aviation Organisation for several years.
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