The President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, participated in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) that took place at Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, between 20 and 23 January.
Ms Coninsx contributed to several events during this year’s four-day meeting, including on the topics of cybercrime, the humanitarian crisis and illegal immigrant smuggling, human trafficking, aviation and security in travel.
Public – private partnership against Cybercrime
Cybercrime poses a serious problem for the security of the Internet and has the potential to profoundly affect the lives and well-being of citizens, as well as the interests and business continuity of companies. During sessions devoted to combating cybercrime, Ms Coninsx supported the WEF’s project under the lead of Dr Jean-Luc Vez to strengthen cooperation between public and private entities in the fight against cybercrime. Ms Coninsx stressed the added value of cooperation with the private sector, particularly in view of evidence gathering, while underlining the need for a standardised framework regulating such cooperation to ensure legality and transparency.
Commenting on the WEF’s Recommendations for Public-Private Partnership against Cybercrime, Ms Coninsx stated that Eurojust welcomes remaining involved in the next steps of the Forum’s Future of the Internet Initiative and to contributing from the judicial perspective. Such contribution to the practical implementation of the Recommendations by the Forum may include the promotion of a more uniform approach towards evidence gathering in coordination with private entities, as well as capacity building through participation in training, professional exchanges between judicial and corporate entities and support of the development of practitioner’s guides and handbooks. The Recommendations have been endorsed by the US Department of Justice, Interpol and a number of private-sector partners.
Responding to the humanitarian crisis
In an informal gathering of the World Economic Leaders, Ms Coninsx attended a discussion addressing the challenges posed by refugee flows and the need for humanitarian assistance in this context. Eurojust prioritises the fight against illegal immigrant smuggling, contributing to the investigation and prosecution of migrant smuggling and human trafficking networks. Last year, Eurojust set up a group of judicial experts in this area to enhance its assistance to the Member States, particularly by analysing best practice and obstacles in prosecution and judicial cooperation. Eurojust also supports the hotspots established in Italy and Greece via judicial contact points.
This year, the World Economic Forum is addressing the topic of human trafficking with a special focus on the fight against forced labour. Eurojust has been invited given its leading role in coordinating European judicial action in this field. Human trafficking is high on the EU’s agenda and is one of Eurojust’s crime priorities for operational work. Since 2012, Eurojust has ran a strategic project to analyse challenges and best practice in investigations and prosecutions in this area. In 2015, the strategic project looked into the difficulties in prosecuting cases of human trafficking for labour exploitation.
Aviation & Travel: Security in Travel
Ms Coninsx also contributed to a panel discussion regarding the future of Schengen and how the EU can address security concerns in light of the Paris attacks. The need to ensure a solid screening and registration process of migrants entering Europe to mitigate the risk of criminal activities in the EU was highlighted.
The World Economic Forum is an international institution committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation.
Ms Coninsx is the President of Eurojust and Chair of Eurojust’s Counter-Terrorism Team and an expert in air law and aviation security.
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