The project has contributed to the development of Euro-Mediterranean judicial cooperation and efficient justice systems in the countries of the Southern Mediterranean region
Madrid has hosted the closing event for the fourth phase of the EuroMed Justice project, which is funded by the European Union and managed by FIIAPP. This meeting was attended by Public Prosecutor’s Offices from Europe and the southern Mediterranean countries, representatives from relevant institutions pertaining to this project and the European Commission.
The Spanish Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado, was also present at the meeting and she highlighted the relevance for this phase of the project of “the constitution of stable cooperation mechanisms, such as CrimEX, a permanent working group in matters relating to international legal cooperation and, also, the EuroMed Attorneys General Forum.”
The project has promoted the exchange of good practices and the establishment of lasting relationships. It has involved relevant actors such as Eurojust, the European Judicial Network, as well as liaison magistrates from various countries and agencies from within the United Nations system.
In addition, it has achieved a number of results including an action and dynamisation plan for national coordination in judicial matters; integrating the importance of judicial cooperation into training programmes in judicial schools; promoting joint work in the fight against crime, especially in digital evidence and cybercrime and the elaboration of a plan for the Euro-Mediterranean Judicial Platform. In addition, manuals for practical use have been prepared, such as the Manual on International Cooperation in Criminal Law.
For her part, the director of FIIAPP, Anna Terrón, also wanted to highlight the objective of the project, she focused “on the exchange of experiences with homologous public institutions in both the European Union and the so-called Southern Neighbourhood”. She also pointed out that EuroMed Justice 4 has focused on sharing the use of European judicial networks to exchange information and the application of new collaboration techniques such as the joint investigation teams, coordinated by Eurojust, to find an effective way to combat the most complex crimes”.
In this context, Anna Terrón wanted to thank the effort made during these 3 years by those present at the event and the support provided by institutions such as Eurojust, the European Judicial Network (EJN), UNODC, the United Nations Committee against Terrorism (CTED), the Council of Europe, the European Network of Judicial Councils, The Hague Council, IAP that, with their experience, have transmitted the values and benefits of networking and international cooperation.