Organised by the JITs Network Secretariat in close cooperation with Eurojust and Europol, the meeting will bring together JIT experts to discuss and consider possible updates and the enhancement of tools designed to support JITs.
This year’s Annual Meeting theme is JITs in illegal immigrant smuggling cases: challenges and opportunities. The JITs experts, as well as representatives from the European Commission, the Council, the European Parliament and other stakeholders, will discuss the JITs position as a relevant tool to fight illegal immigrant smuggling networks.
Since 2015, the European Union has been confronted by an unprecedented flow of migrants crossing its external borders, causing a global humanitarian crisis, with approximately 4,500 migrants reported to have died in 2015. Furthermore, the current migration crisis sheds light upon the acute involvement of organised crime groups in this field: criminal networks have quickly adapted to this development and significantly increased their involvement in illegal immigrant smuggling, often by taking advantage of facilities used for the purposes of other criminal activities. As shown by the Paris attacks of November 2015, smuggling routes and networks may also be used to infiltrate potential terrorists (e.g. foreign fighters) into the European Union.
Eurojust supports the setting-up and operation of JITs and finances their activities from its regular budget. The funding provided by Eurojust covers the cost of travel, accommodation, and interpretation and translation costs, in addition to equipment provided on loan, such as mobile telephones, laptops, mobile scanners and printers.
What are JITs?
The JITs Network Secretariat
Eurojust support to JITs
Infographic on JITs funding
JITs Annual Meetings – Conclusions