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EuroMed Justice’s activities are designed at two levels: first to intensify the response of the judicial and law enforcement agencies against transnational crime at the national level; second to activate and develop the capacities to counter cross-border crime at regional (South-South) and Euro-Mediterranean (North- South) levels.
Therefore, EuroMed Justice proposes the realisation of a mechanism of cooperation built on national and regional platforms and networks, directly connected and supported by Eurojust and EJN in criminal matters, with some activities developed in cooperation with EuroMed Police, UN-Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate, UNODC, Council of Europe –European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) and the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP).
To carry out these activities the EuroMed Justice Experts Group in Criminal Matters (CrimEx) is established.
CrimEx is a think-thank, a forum and a permanent working group, with regular meetings in 2017-2018.
CrimEx exercises the South Partner Countries’ ownership in the implementation of judicial cooperation activities and the monitoring of the results.
CrimEx is composed of high to middle-ranking justice practitioners from Justice Ministries, the judiciary, public prosecution, police and law enforcement, specialised in judicial cooperation in criminal matters. Invited liaison magistrates from both SPCs and EU, and defence lawyers may participate in the CrimEx sessions.
Main CrimEx tasks are:
- To enhance the coordination of judicial and law enforcement authorities at national level – the roadmap towards national platforms of coordination.
- To activate and support the development of cooperation platforms of justice professionals from SPCs, especially in the field of counter-terrorism, fighting complex cross-border crime, organised crime, cybercrime, irregular migration, trafficking in human beings, money laundering – drafting of the CrimEx docs: comparative Legal Analysis, Gaps Analysis and the Handbook on judicial cooperation, updating the EuroMed Fiches; addressing digital evidence and the establishment of EuroMed Cyber Crime Contact Points; training needs analyses, training of trainers, study visits.
- To identify the ways of coordination and cooperation with Eurojust, the EJN in criminal matters, the EJTN and other organisations such as the Council of Europe, UNODC, UN-CTED IAP and EuroMed Police – identifying concrete ways to enhance formal and informal cooperation.
- To design the setting-up of a regional mechanism of cooperation and coordination linked to permanent structures (sub-regional, regional or international) and able to function after completion of the project –roadmap towards EuroMed Judicial Platform, roadmap towards EuroMed Forum of Prosecutors General.
- To contribute to the development of the North-South and South-South regional cooperation built on trust and mutual confidence.
To successfully fulfil its tasks the key requirements are the continuity of the CrimEx members, the permanent coordination among them, together with the succession of the specific blocks which build one upon another in order to achieve the results: the creation of sustainable regional mechanisms of cooperation in which all the stakeholders intervene and coordinate, and the development of the capacities and specific skills of the components of this mechanism.
Without doubt, one of the main achievements of EuroMed Justice is the establishment of the EuroMed Forum of Prosecutors General. In a landmark event, the Prosecutors General from the Northern and Southern shores of the Mediterranean adopted a declaration establishing the EuroMed Forum of Prosecutors General - the first of its kind - and a roadmap implementing it on the 23rd of January 2018. The overall objective of the Forum is to strengthen judicial cooperation in fighting terrorism and serious cross-border and organized crime through the establishment of a mechanism of coordination and consultation, so as to build at high level trust and confidence. The second meeting of the EuroMed Prosecutors General Forum will be convened after one year, in January 2019, to discuss the proposal for the framework and the relevant regional and cross-regional crime trends and the appropriate investigative and prosecutorial measures to counter them, and the relevant legal issues affecting the work of the prosecutorial authorities, to share experiences and good practices and to formulate common observations or opinions