EU Justice Ministers Discuss Cooperation In Fighting Cross-Border Crime


Stockholm, Jan 28 (IANS) Judicial cooperation in the fight against organised crime topped the agenda of an informal meeting of the EU member states' justice and home affairs ministers here.

'Organised crime has never posed such a threat to the EU and its citizens as it does today,' Sweden's Minister for Justice Gunnar Strommer said in a statement on Friday.

'This is particularly true in Sweden. Effective judicial cooperation is therefore crucial as we step up the fight against cross-border crime.'

At the meeting, the EU Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust) presented its work to support the coordination of cross-border criminal investigations by national authorities. The ministers discussed the important role of Eurojust and a new instrument for the transfer of proceedings and how this contributes to the fight against organised crime, Xinhua news agency reported.

'It is important that (EU) member states draw on the experience of previous national prosecutions of core international crimes and cooperate through Eurojust,' Strommer added.

The participants in the two-day meeting, which started on Thursday, also discussed migration challenges.




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