Eurojust Newsletter: Q2 2019

WELCOME to the Q2 2019 edition of the Eurojust newsletter, a new quarterly platform keeping judicial practitioners and our other partners up to date with recent developments at Eurojust as well as our latest publications.


In this newsletter...

- A message from Ladislav Hamran
- Landmark ruling on the EAW
- Welcoming the Finnish Presidency 
- Key half-year statistics


- JITs and cybercrime
- Joint Note: Practical application of the EIO
- Eurojust Consolidated Annual Activity Report
- Joint Report: Challenges in combatting cybercrime
- VAT carousel fraudsters arrested
- Heroin substitute operation dismantled
- Action against OCG selling contaminated fish 
- Crackdown on counterfeit olive oil trade
- Convictions in phishing scam 
- What has been happening at Eurojust?
- Eurojust outreach
- What to watch out for in Q3


We must work together to strengthen the EU security chain 

The past three months have been busy at Eurojust. We registered close to 1 000 new cases, ranging from drug trafficking, cybercrime and terrorism to the illegal selling of contaminated fish and large-scale fraud with counterfeit olive oil.  
We have also closely followed and acted on the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice concerning the competence of German prosecutors in relation to the European Arrest Warrant, which had immediate operational consequences for 150 pending cases. We have also hosted a range of fruitful discussions, including Eurojust’s annual meeting on counter-terrorism, the EU Day Against Impunity and a meeting of National Experts on Joint Investigation Teams.
Our operational casework, strategic projects and events are all based on one guiding principle: we can only protect our fellow European citizens if we enable prosecutors across the EU to work together. Or, as Eurojust’s Vice President, Klaus Meyer-Cabri, stated at the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg in June: 'Without cross-border cooperation between prosecutors, the EU security chain would be incomplete and therefore weak.'
At the same time, European judicial cooperation in criminal matters is under pressure. I am certain that many of the prosecutors reading this newsletter are experiencing a similar trend of high investments in law enforcement and cutbacks on justice in their own countries. All this does is create a judicial bottleneck: there is enough manpower to arrest suspects, but not enough to get them convicted. This is why Eurojust is actively seeking support to receive sufficient resources in the coming years. 
Investments will also be needed to strengthen Europe’s judicial digital infrastructure. At the NADAL network meeting in Tallinn in May, Eurojust presented its Digital Criminal Justice proposal in more detail. The aim is to establish a fast and secure infrastructure for the exchange of information and evidence between national prosecutors, Eurojust and other JHA agencies.
This newsletter not only dives deeper into many of these important issues, but also looks forward to other initiatives you can expect from us in the coming months. I hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it. 

Ladislav HAMRAN
President of Eurojust


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