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Two years have passed since the establishment of the CrimEx group in Madrid in 2017. Within this timeframe, the CrimEx, composed of medium to high level judges, prosecutors, and advisors from the justice ministries, has held 8 meetings and two special sessions, during which it has accomplished an exceptional work. The 9th CrimEx session was the last session organised under the current phase of the EuroMed Justice IV project. It therefore constituted an opportunity to take stock of the work accomplished within this timeframe and to reflect on the future of the CrimEx.
Among other achievements, the elaboration of the CrimEx documents and the EuroMed Manual on Digital Evidence stand out as pioneer documents; they constitute major practical tools for cross-regional cooperation in criminal matters. In addition, the CrimEx has become a regional forum and think-tank devoted to cross-regional judicial cooperation in criminal matters, functioning already as a facilitator platform in the EuroMed area. Some of the CrimEx members have become Eurojust and EJN contact points and the main constituents of the national and regional platforms of cooperation in criminal matters. It is also worth highlighting the role played by the CrimEx in the establishment and good functioning of the EuroMed Forum of Prosecutors General.
Against this background, the 9th CrimEx session held in Bucharest on 9-11 April 2019 discussed and agreed on the following issues. First, the participants validated all the previous activities and results derived from them, especially the so-called ‘EuroMed Justice Tools’, namely the CrimEx documents, the EuroMed Manual on Digital Evidence and the Training of trainers’ materials on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. Some updates should be made. Second, the participants discussed recommendations and proposals regarding the continuation in the future of the EuroMed Justice process at national, regional and cross-regional levels; they likewise discussed the update and upgrade of the CrimEx Docs and Digital Evidence Manual with the most recent legislative modifications adopted at national level; and, the improvement and assessment of the CrimEx activity. Finally, the participants discussed the modernisation of the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime and the extension of its scope at international level, with the support of the CyberSouth-Council of Europe representative
As in all CrimEx Sessions, besides the participants from the Southern Partner Countries, Eurojust, the European Judicial Network in Criminal matters, the UNODC, UN-CTED and the IAP attended the session and supported the CrimEx members’ discussions.
EuroMed Justice is managed by a consortium led by FIIAPP (Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Publicas, Spain) in partnership with CILC (Center for International Legal Cooperation, the Netherlands), EIPA (European Institute of Public Administration, the Netherlands) and JCI (Justice Coopération Internationale, France).
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