Eurojust

Eurojust (also spelled capitalised as EUROJUST) is an agency of the European Union (EU) dealing with judicial co-operation in criminal matters. The seat of Eurojust is in The Hague.

Its task is to stimulate and improve the co-ordination of investigations and prosecutions among the competent judicial authorities of the EU Member States when they deal with serious cross-border and organised crime. Based on the decision of the 1999 Tampere European Council, Eurojust was set up in 2002 by the Council of the European Union. The original Eurojust decision was amended in 2003 and went through a significant revision in 2009.

Eurojust is composed of 27 National Members, one from each EU Member State. The National Members are senior and experienced judges, prosecutors, or police officers of equivalent competence, who are seconded in accordance with their respective legal systems and hold permanent seats in The Hague. Some National Members are supported by Deputies, Assistants or Seconded National Experts.

The 27 National Members together form the College of Eurojust. Eurojust can act as a College, through the National Members, or through national authorities in accordance with the powers granted to each National Member by their own state. In addition to national authorities of the Member States, Eurojust also co-operates with third states, and other EU bodies, such as the European Judicial Network, Europol, and OLAF.

The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union foresees that in order to combat crimes affecting the financial interests of the Union, the Council may establish a European Public Prosecutor’s Office from Eurojust.

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