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Highlighting the growing impact of EuroMed Justice, the Minister of Justice of Portugal, Francisca Van Dunem, opened the sixth CrimEx session (Lisbon, 26 April 2018). On this occasion, she praised the work accomplished under EuroMed Justice and highlighted the importance of improving international judicial cooperation for the greater good.
During this important CrimEx session, the participants held their final discussions on the EuroMed CrimEx docs and the EuroMed roadmaps – Maastricht Roadmap, Tallinn Roadmap, and Roadmap towards the EuroMed Forum of Prosecutors General.
All the participants welcomed the work done by the experts on the CrimEx docs and underlined the added value and usability of the CrimEx documents. In this sense, they emphasized the need to ensure the widest possible dissemination among justice practitioners throughout the EuroMed area. They also underlined that the CrimEx docs are living documents, which shall be updated from time to time in order to ensure their accurateness.
“The Legal and Gaps Analysis on cybercrime helped us identifying the gaps in our legislation and provided a basis for our legislative reform on this topic”, one member of the Algerian delegation said.
Furthermore, the SPC delegations presented their national reports on the measures taken for the implementation of the Maastricht Roadmap on national coordination and debated the implementation of the Roadmap towards the EuroMed Forum of Prosecutors General.
Finally, the participants discussed the need to ensure the continuity of EuroMed Justice. The participants, European and Mediterranean alike, stressed the importance of informal cooperation and the role already played by the CrimEx as a facilitator platform for judicial cooperation.
The CrimEx group will meet over a period of two years (2017 and 2018) and functions as a regional forum devoted to Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on criminal justice. The next session will take place in Luxembourg on the 19th-21st of June 2018.
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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