|Publication Date||January 2011|
As in previous years, the number of cases that Member States have referred for Eurojust’s help has increased. For the first time, more than 1,400 cases have been registered in our Case Management System. Eurojust also held about 140 co-ordination meetings, where investigators and judicial authorities attended to progress cross-border crime cases and resolve operational issues. This again was an increase over the previous year. Importantly, over 90 per cent of these meetings dealt with crimes identified as particular threats to EU citizens. These were terrorism, drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, fraud, corruption, cybercrime, money laundering, and other activities related to the presence of organised crime groups in the economy.
Eurojust, however, has not been immune from the pressures arising from the global financial crisis. Financial restrictions in Member States have meant that the increase in casework and co-ordination has been achieved against the background that some National Desks are significantly undermanned.
Given its operational importance, Eurojust held meetings about the implementation of its new Decision in Member States (which is to take place by 4 June 2011). The elements with potential for immediate impact on core business are those requiring Member States to exchange certain casework information with Eurojust, and the 24/7 availability of Eurojust’s assistance to practitioners in Member States.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs, Politics and International Relations|