On 23 September, the President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, made an official visit to Germany at the invitation of and accompanied by the National Member for Germany at Eurojust, Mr Klaus Meyer-Cabri.
The purpose of the visit was to strengthen the mutual relations between Eurojust and the German authorities with regard to the current security threats. Consequently, several meetings were organised at the highest official level. Throughout the meetings, President Coninsx presented the operational work of Eurojust, notably in the fight against against terrorism, cybercrime and illegal migrant smuggling.
The day started with a presentation by the President to the Sub-committee on European Law of the German Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Consumer Protection, under the chairmanship of Professor Dr Sensburg. This committee is responsible for the German Parliament’s work in the field of justice, e.g. the new draft Regulation on Eurojust. The Committee had visited Eurojust in April 2015. The Parliamentary State Secretary for Justice at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Christian Lange, attended the meeting. He had been at Eurojust in July 2015.
The President was then received by the Chief of Staff of the Federal Chancellery, Federal Minister Peter Altmaier, followed by in-depth discussions with the Deputy Directors General on Judicial and European Affairs at the Chancellery, Dr Peter Bartodziej and Dr Franz Neueder. The President also paid a courtesy call to the Deputy Head of the Office of the Federal President, Dr Angelika Schlunck. The day ended with a fruitful meeting with the newly appointed Secretary of State for Justice, Ms Christine Wirtz, at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.