Yesterday, H.E. Mr Habib Essid, the Head of the Government of the Republic of Tunisia, visited Eurojust with a high-level delegation, including H.E. Mr Mohamed Karim Ben Bécher, the Tunisian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Denmark, H.E. Ms Selma Elloumi Rekik, Minister of Tourism and Craft, as well as Counselors and Ministry representatives. Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, hosted the visit, accompanied by Mr Frédéric Baab, National Member for France.
The discussions focused on ways to enhance cooperation, including a possible increase in the number of Eurojust contact points in Tunisia. Other topics on the agenda included the fight against illegal immigrant smuggling and terrorism.
Tunisia was the first Mediterranean country to sign an association agreement with the European Union, back in 1995. Tunisia was added to Eurojust’s network of contact points in third States in 2012. Enhancing cooperation with Tunisia, as one of the key countries in the MENA region, is on Eurojust’s priority list for 2016.
Eurojust is playing an active role in facilitating direct contacts and cooperation between judicial authorities from Tunisia and from several Member States, particularly by accelerating the execution of mutual legal assistance requests. At the same time, Tunisian representatives have attended Eurojust seminars and provided useful contributions on challenges and best practice encountered in the cooperation with the Member States.
Yesterday’s meeting was another step towards enhanced cooperation in the fight against cross-border serious and organised crime.
The Tunisian Government Portal (FR)
Embassy of Tunisia (FR)
Eurojust and illegal immigrant smuggling: here and here
Eurojust and terrorism
Tunisian/Egyptian case 2011