Judicial cooperation in the EU: the role of Eurojust

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In this report, the UK House of Lords EU committee reviews the first year or so of Eurojust full operation. It also examines the controversial issue of whether a European Public Prosecutor should be established.

Judicial cooperation in the EU: the role of Eurojust


Eurojust was set up in 2002 to facilitate judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the EU. In a remarkably short time it has established itself as a highly effective means of facilitating cooperation between investigating and prosecuting authorities in Member States in serious criminal cases.

To further enhance Eurojust effectiveness, the UK House of Lords EU committee recommends that:

  • all Member States which have not already done so should implement the Eurojust Decision without further delay
  • national members should retain the powers they held in their own jurisdictions
  • Eurojust should concentrate on complex and multilateral cases
  • data protection rules should be put in place as soon as possible
  • closer co-operation with OLAF and Europol must be established.

Part of Eurojust’s success is due to the co-operative, collegiate approach of its national members. If in due course the office of European Public Prosecutor is established—”from Eurojust” as the Constitutional Treaty prescribes—it should build on this approach.

(This abstract is taken directly from the report.)

To read the report, visit the website of the

UK Parliament.  

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