- 27 judges and prosecutors from 20 different Member States took part in the study visit at Eurojust, Europol and the International Criminal Court in The Hague (NL) from 11th to 13th November 2019.
- This visit offered the occasion for the participants to discover the work of those institutions, which are central in the co-operation of judicial activities in the European Union.
Eurojust building in The Hague (NL)
Thanks to a strengthened co-operation with Eurojust, the EJTN had the opportunity to organise a two-day study visit, allowing judges and prosecutors from 20 Member States to better understand and discover how Eurojust can support them in their daily work. The third day of the visit was dedicated to Europol and the International Criminal Court (ICC) for an introduction to their activities. Overall, the study visits are a unique occasion to promote European judicial co-operation tools and improve the development of mutual trust between European judicial practitioners. The meeting of different judges and prosecutors allows them to create a network, which may be useful later in their daily work.
The first two days of the study visit were dedicated to an in-depth presentation of Eurojust and its Units. After a welcoming introduction by Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust and National Member for Slovakia, and Francisco Jiménez Villarejo, Vice-President of Eurojust and National Member for Spain, the group was introduced to the functioning of Eurojust and its new regulation. Then, the judges and prosecutors had the chance to visit the building and especially the coordination centre. This room has a dedicated infrastructure designed to organise and coordinate action days throughout Europe. The visit was followed by the presentation of the different Units of Eurojust and concrete cases the agency had worked on in the areas of cybercrime, contract killers, migrants smuggling and trafficking in human being, and economic crime, as well as its activities in the area of counter-terrorism Participants were then introduced to the work of the different judicial networks operating at Eurojust: The European Judicial Network, the Network of national Experts on Joint Investigation Teams and the Genocide Network. During the visit, some participants also had the occasion to meet their National Members, which gave them the opportunity to establish valuable contacts.
The third day of the study visit was dedicated to Europol, which supports Member States in the fight against criminality in Europe. The general presentation allowed judges and prosecutors to see the tools made available for European police forces. Finally, the visit at the International Criminal Court provided the participants with the occasion to get introduced to the functioning of the ICC, the role of the Prosecutor Office and the registry. The discussion on the Court’s case law offered the occasion to have a critical view on its work.
The EJTN warmly thanks the teams of Eurojust, Europol and the International Criminal Court who made this visit possible and the speakers who introduced them to their work. The EJTN intends to offer again the visit in 2020 in the framework of the upcoming call for applications for study visits, which will open in December 2019 on the Exchange Programme platform.