Michèle Coninsx, Eurojust’s President, attended a two-day meeting (20 and 21 June) at the UN headquarters in New York. The meeting, organised by the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UN CTED), concerned International Judicial and Law Enforcement Cooperation in Counter-Terrorism Matters pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2322 (2016) and Other Relevant Council Resolutions.
During the two-day meeting, Ms Coninsx participated as panellist in working groups on international judicial cooperation. Ms Coninsx’s intervention highlighted the need for solid legal national and international frameworks and of comprehensive and sustained approaches that involve close international cooperation between all relevant actors, including investigators, judges and prosecutors. Ms Coninsx expressed Eurojust’s commitment to combating the global threat of terrorism, and provided a European perspective:
'I am pleased to actively participate in the dialogue on international judicial cooperation, which is at the heart of Eurojust’s activities, and is instrumental in helping to fight terrorism effectively and uncovering the nexus between organised crime and terrorism. The European Union has 500 million citizens, 28 Member States, 24 official languages and 30 legal systems. Trust, networking and building bridges are three essential means to unite the forces that need to work together to fight terrorism, which has become the “new normal”. It takes a network to beat a network.'
Photo © UN CTED, 2017
The UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UN CTED) of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the UN Security Council, founded in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, was established to monitor the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1373, which obliged all States to criminalise assistance to terrorist activities, to deny financial support to and safe haven to terrorists and to share information on terrorist activities.