EuroMed Justice and Southern Mediterranean countries adopts a declaration to improve their international judicial cooperation
January 26, 2018
Prosecutors General from European (Belgium, Cyprus, France, Malta, Portugal and Spain) and Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia) adopted a declaration aimed at improving their international judicial cooperation. The signing of this first Declaration of collaboration in the two regions took place under the impetus of EuroMed Justice. A partner of EuroMed since the very beginning, the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) assisted in the drafting of the declaration as part of its efforts to actively promote cross-regional cooperation.
“As Prosecutors General of our States and as defenders of the rights of citizens, we are obliged to improve our cooperation to better respond to transnational crimes,” said the State Prosecutor General of Spain.
The project brought together in Madrid the Prosecutors General of the countries participating in the first meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Prosecutors General, the first forum of its kind. Promoted by the Spanish Prosecutor General’s Office, organised by FIIAPP and EIPA under the frame of EuroMed Justice, the forum was well received and welcomed by the Prosecutors General from the participating countries. The forum allowed the Prosecutors General to share experiences and best practices on issues related to the fight against terrorism and organised crime, including human and drug trafficking, and cybercrime. The members of the forum also approved the Roadmap for the consolidation of a framework for the EuroMed Forum of Prosecutors General.
“The creation of the EuroMed Forum of Prosecutors General is an excellent cross-regional platform to build trust, confidence, and mutual understanding at the highest levels. These are all crucial components of effective judicial cooperation in counter-terrorism,” said Anton du Plessis, Senior Legal Officer and Legal and Criminal Justice Coordinator with UN CTED.
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.