From the 24th - 26th of October 2017, EuroMed Justice organised the third CrimEx session in Paris, gathering justice practitioners in criminal matters from all South Partner Countries (SPCs) – concretely, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia – and European and international experts, including representatives from EUROJUST, the European Judicial Network, the UN Counter Terrorism Directorate (UNCTED), and the UNODC.
The objective of this third session was to discuss and approve the CrimEx documents on EuroMed judicial and law enforcement cooperation in criminal matters. In particular, CrimEx members were invited to examine, comment, and eventually amend the reports presented by the EuroMed Short Term Experts on the Gaps and Legal Analyses, and the EuroMed Fiches (based on the European Judicial Network’s Fiches Belges) for their final approval. Moreover, CrimEx members were asked to give the main indications for the elaboration of the Handbook on Judicial and Law Enforcement Cooperation in Criminal Matters.
These debates were very fruitful and allowed EuroMed Justice Short Term Experts to achieve significant progress in finalizing their reports. The CrimEx documents were considered ‘pioneer documents’ in the Mediterranean region and constitute major practical instruments for cross-regional cooperation in criminal matters.
Furthermore, the possibility of establishing a network or platform of EuroMed contact points in judicial cooperation was highlighted. As in previous sessions, CrimEx acted already as the ‘EuroMed facilitator platform’ for judicial cooperation helping to solve concrete cases among SPCs.
The CrimEx group will meet over a period of two years (2017 and 2018) and functions as a regional forum devoted to Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on criminal justice. The next session will take place in Tallinn (EE) on the 21st-23rd of November 2017 back to back with the 49th EJN Plenary Meeting.
EuroMed Justice (2016-2018) is an EU-funded project which aims to contribute to the development of a Euro-Mediterranean area of cooperation in the field of justice and to the development of effective, efficient and democratic justice systems which protect and promote human rights.