Mr Philippe De Backer, an MEP from Belgium’s Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten Party, visited Eurojust on 8 January on a fact-finding mission. Accompanying Mr De Backer were Ms Lotte Van der Stockt and Mr Benjamin Baelus, Assistants to Mr De Backer.
The purpose of today’s visit was to gain an understanding of the general functioning of Eurojust and cooperation at EU level, to discuss the role the European Parliament can play, and to discuss the issue of terrorism and de-radicalisation.
Mr De Backer’s delegation was met by Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, National Member for Belgium and Chair of Eurojust’s Counter-Terrorism Team, who presented current and future developments at Eurojust focusing on the priorities of terrorism, cybercrime and illegal immigrant smuggling.
Mr Francis Cassidy, National Member for Ireland, Chair of the Europol Team and Member of Eurojust’s Financial and Economic Crime Team, and Ms Malči Gabrijelčič, National Member for Slovenia and Chair of the External Relations Team, gave presentations that provided the visitors with a clear insight into Eurojust’s added value.
MEP De Backer
Radio interview on illegal immigrant smuggling
Illegal immigrant smuggling