Over the course of two very hectic days, the President of Eurojust, Michèle Coninsx, had six high-level meetings in Ottawa with Canadian officials. The visit was under the auspices of the EU Delegation of the European External Action Service (EEAS).
On 15 June, she gave a presentation on Eurojust and the importance of international judicial cooperation in the fight against complex forms of organised crime and terrorism at a meeting of officials of the Department of Justice and the Public Prosecution Service. The meeting was chaired by Lucie Angers, director and General Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section. That meeting occurred 16 years after the first presentation in Ottawa, during the emergency mission of Pro-Eurojust to the USA and Canada, directly after the 9/11 attacks. The purpose then has not changed: to have the best possible and most trusting ties with the judicial authorities in the Americas, the better to fight organised crime and terrorism. As a result of that meeting in 2001, the first Canadian judicial contact point to Eurojust, Elaine Krivel, Q.C., was appointed. Ms Krivel served for nine years in that capacity, and her role was very much appreciated. The current judicial contact point is Clare Barry.
Ms Coninsx then paid a courtesy visit to Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. The meeting took place at the House of Commons Building, where Ms Coninsx attended the ‘Question Period’ and was formally recognised by the Speaker and the MPs.
The third meeting was with Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary of Global Affairs Canada.
On 16 June, the President first met with Dr Satyamoorthy Kabilan, Director of National Security and Strategic Foresight of the Conference Board of Canada. The second meeting was with Daniel Jean, National Security Advisor to the Privy Council Office. The final meeting of the day was with David Drake, Director General – International Security and Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Intelligence Bureau.