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Visit of Axel Voss, MEP and Rapporteur for the Eurojust Regulation

14/02/2014

Mr Voss was welcomed to Eurojust by the President of Eurojust, Michèle Coninsx, and the Administrative Director, Klaus Rackwitz. The program provided an insight into how Eurojust functions and works today as well as reflections on the Commission’s Proposal for a Eurojust Regulation published on 17 July 2013.

Members of the College as well as Eurojust staff were actively involved in the visit and shared their expertise. Presentations on the structure and governance; tasks, competences and powers; information exchange and Eurojust’s Case Management System; data protection rules; and relations with Europol, OLAF and third States were followed by a question and answer round.

Ms Coninsx highlighted the unique role and added value of Eurojust as coordinator and facilitator in the fight against serous cross-border crime. She welcomed Eurojust’s development towards increasing its operational effectiveness and expressed Eurojust’s expectation that this reform will be a step forward. The College continues its deliberations on the development of Eurojust and is committed to contributing to the negotiations in the Council and the Parliament on the basis of its experience and best practice.

Mr Voss commented: ​"Eurojust is a very important European agency and an added value in strengthening judicial cooperation among Member States and with third countries. This deep insight in Eurojust' work is a unique experience and it will be useful for my role as European Parliament's rapporteur for the reform of Eurojust."