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Eurojust Annual Report 2015 - a steady increase in casework

01/06/2016

Operational work

The Eurojust Annual Report 2015 demonstrates again that Eurojust’s casework continues to grow each year. In 2015, Member States requested Eurojust’s assistance in 2 214 cases, representing an increase of 23 per cent compared to 2014. A remarkable upward trend could also be noted regarding the use of Eurojust’s coordination meetings and coordination centres. Eurojust supported 120 joint investigation teams (JITs) and provided financial support to 68 JITs. The ever increasing work of Eurojust to ensure judicial cooperation and coordination confirms that Eurojust is needed, recognised and valued. 

In response to the priorities set out in the European Agendas on Security and on Migration and in view of the terrorist attacks and the unpreceded migration crisis, Eurojust can report a significant increase in terrorism, cybercrime and illegal immigrant smuggling cases in 2015. The appointment of Eurojust’s cybercrime expert to EC3, and intensified cooperation with third States, are important steps to ensure a coordinated EU justice response.

Application of mutual recognition instruments

In 2015, Eurojust focused on disrupting organised crime groups (OCGs) by improving the coordination of freezing, confiscation and asset recovery, and by outlining the challenges and a possible way forward through harmonisation of laws and practices. OCGs derive substantial profits from their criminal activities, and the proceeds of crime are laundered and re-injected into the legal economy. Depriving criminals of the proceeds of crime is consequently an effective measure to impact criminal structures.

Strategic work

On a strategic level, Eurojust observes the added value of network meetings of specialised prosecutors, such as the national correspondents for Eurojust for terrorism matters, and the contact points of the JITs Experts Network. The exchange of challenges and best practice, for example on evidence gathering and conflicts of jurisdiction, leads to tangible results: trust building, knowledge consolidation and solid convictions.

The President of Eurojust, Michèle Coninsx, commented:
Given the increase in cases registered at Eurojust, I am confident that Eurojust will continue to develop as a legal and judicial centre of expertise in EU criminal matters. Countering evolving crime phenomena and criminal structures requires a multi-disciplinary approach and strong partnerships between the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies, as well as enhanced cooperation with third States.

Key figures

In 2015, Eurojust also published a number of reports, including, e.g., the Terrorism Convictions Monitor, the third Foreign Terrorist Fighters report, and Prosecuting THB for the purpose of labour exploitation.

The Annual Report will be available in all official EU language versions later in the year. 

 

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