On 18 February 2016, Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, visited the Belgian House of Representatives in Brussels to speak at a conference on counter-terrorism. Also in attendance were various Belgian government officials and academics.
The purpose of the event, which was organised by the Itinera Institute in cooperation with the European Corporate Security Association, was to explore some of the difficult questions surrounding counter-terrorism strategies, and notably what role security and intelligence services should play in protecting a democratic constitutional state from the threat of terrorism.
Ms Coninsx highlighted the positive role Eurojust plays in combating terrorism in the European Union, underlined the importance of timely exchanges of information at all stages of criminal proceedings and outlined some of the challenges to prosecution and judicial cooperation among Member States in terrorism cases.
After their respective readings, the speakers participated in a panel discussion on the topics of intelligence, terrorism and de-radicalisation.
© Eric Verbeeck