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The 8th CrimEx session of EuroMed Justice, held in Barcelona on 12-15 November 2018, had a twofold objective: the session of November 12th and 13th, organised at the premises of the Spanish Judicial School, was dedicated to building up the foundation of the EuroMed Forum of Prosecutors General, and the preparation of the 2nd meeting of the EuroMed Forum of Prosecutors General (foreseen at the premises of Eurojust, in the Hague, on January 30th and 31st 2019). It gathered the CrimEx members from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia, representatives of the General Prosecutor’s Offices (GPOs) of some EU Member States who were also invited (Spain and Greece), as well as the main stakeholders from Eurojust, the European Judicial Network (EJN), the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Network of Public Prosecutors or equivalent institutions at the Supreme Judicial Courts of the Member States of the European Union (NADAL Network). For this occasion, the CrimEx members and the representatives from the EU GPOs were invited to present the position and proposals of their countries regarding the modalities, function, framework, and legal basis of the Forum, and the possible role of the CrimEx in relation to the EuroMed Forum.
On November 14th and 15th, the sessions were dedicated to the management of the judicial networks and to the future of CrimEx, where the participants debated on its tasks and function and the possible solutions to ensure its sustainability and its coordination with several networks, agencies and platforms (such as Eurojust, the EJN, Sahel platform and NADAL network).
Finally, the participants also tackled the updating of the CrimEx documents (EuroMed Fiches, Handbook and the six Legal and gap analyses) with the latest legislative changes, the continuation of this process, the use of the CrimEx Docs as tools for judicial cooperation and training of justice professionals, as well as the selection of relevant statistical indicators for judicial cooperation.
The CrimEx group has met over a period of two years (2017 and 2018), functioning as a regional forum and think-tank devoted to the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on criminal justice. The next special CrimEx session will take place in The Hague, on January 29th 2019, before the meeting of the EuroMed Forum.
The 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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