European Union to join forces with Southern neighbours to combat cross-border crime

September 30, 2021
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Cross-border crime can only be eradicated with cross-border cooperation. This was the key message from Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, to over 150 public prosecutors and other law enforcement authorities at the launch of the 21st edition of the TAIEX International Forum for Prosecutors, on 28–29 September 2021.

The two-day virtual conference brought together senior prosecutors and judiciary representatives from the EU Member States, Western Balkans, and Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood to exchange lessons from real world cases of investigating and prosecuting cross-border crime.

The speakers tackled emerging topics for international cooperation ranging from cryptocurrencies and the use of battlefield evidence in judicial proceedings to tackling wildlife crime.

Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi, said that “the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that our societies, be it physically or digitally, are increasingly interconnected. Fighting cross-border crime has to be ensured both online and offline. The EU is ready to support comprehensive and coordinated response at national and international level, including by strengthening the security partnerships with our closest neighbours.”

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021, TAIEX is the European Union’s tool mobilising European public sector expertise to support peer learning between EU and partner country administrations.

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia
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