On 12 May, Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, attended the 9th annual meeting of the Network of Public Prosecutors or equivalent institutions at the Supreme Judicial Courts of the Member States of the European Union (NADAL Network) in The Hague. The focus of the meeting was criminal justice in cybercrime cases.
Ms Coninsx was invited to give a speech on attacks against information systems and the European Investigation Order (EIO).
In her address, she emphasized that combating cross-border cybercrime, including attacks against information systems, is one of Eurojust’s priorities. A Cybercrime Task Force was set up at Eurojust, which meets regularly and coordinates its work with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). In addition, Eurojust hosted a US liaison prosecutor for cybercrime and is supporting the establishment of a European Judicial Cybercrime Network.
The President also drew attention to the challenges related to the gathering and admissibility of electronic evidence and underlined the importance of involving the judiciary in cybercrime operations as early as possible. With relevance thereto, she welcomed the adoption of the EIO Directive which should facilitate cross-border judicial cooperation, particularly in cybercrime cases.
Facts at a glance:
In 2015, Eurojust:
• registered 62 cybercrime cases
• held 19 cybercrime-related coordination meetings
• assisted in the setting up of 11 joint investigation teams with focus on cybercrime
Eurojust meeting on cybercrime
Eurojust News issue #7 on cybercrime