The EuroMed Justice (EMJ) Programme, hosted at Eurojust, was officially launched with an opening conference in The Hague on 2 and 3 February. Participants from the involved South Partner Countries (SPCs), EU Member States and agencies joined the conference via video connection to mark the official start of the new stage of the programme. EMJ has the overall aim to strengthen strategic and operational cooperation in judicial criminal matters in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
During the launching conference, participants and partners were introduced to the EMJ Programme, including the main activities to be organised, expected results, working methodologies and events calendar.
During the launching conference, particular attention was paid to the enhancement of the cross-border exchange of judicial information and the digital transmission of evidence. The participation of SPCs in joint and parallel investigations was another main theme.
The EuroMed Justice programme further develops the concept of a sustainable cooperation mechanism for cross-border judicial cooperation in criminal matters between EU Member States (EU MSs) and the South Partner Countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia).
The €5 million-EMJ programme is funded by the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and implemented by Eurojust throughout a dedicated programme management team in close cooperation with the Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST).