EuroMed Justice brings together the most relevant stakeholders in the field of criminal justice, including representatives from the South Partner Countries (SPCs), Eurojust, European Judicial Network, the EU Member States, as well as other relevant EU and international organisations active in the judicial and law enforcement sector.
Protecting the EU neighbouring countries’ citizens against criminal activities, respecting the rule of law and fundamental human rights.
EuroMed Justice (EMJ) is a capacity-building program designed to develop a sustainable cross-regional mechanism of judicial cooperation in criminal matters between EU Member States (EU MS), the South Partner Countries (SPCs) – Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine1 and Tunisia – and EU JHA Agencies. The 5.000.000 EUR program is funded by the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and implemented by Eurojust throughout a dedicated Program Management team (hosted at Eurojust), in close cooperation with the Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST).
The overall objective is to contribute to protecting the EU neighbouring countries’ citizens against criminal activities, respecting the rule of law and fundamental human rights. More specifically, the Program aims to strengthen the cooperation in criminal matters in three axes: (1) amongst national judicial authorities in SPCs; (2) between SPCs and EU MS and (3) with EU judicial cooperation instances.
Main stakeholders include Ministries of Justice, Public Prosecution Offices, High courts and central authorities from SPCs, EU JHA Agencies, UNODC, UN-CTED, Council of Europe, IAP and relevant networks for judicial cooperation and training in criminal matters. A close involvement of DG NEAR and DG JUST as well as a strong reliance on EU Delegations to SPCs is sought throughout the program.
Eurojust and EJN plays a pivotal role by providing a unique forum for criminal justice practitioners to build sustainable coordination and cooperation mechanisms. The particular experience of Eurojust, EJN and JITs Secretariats will be very useful when exploring possibilities and avenues for operational cooperation with SPCs prosecutors and judges.
1 This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.