Eurojust is an agency of the European Union (EU) dealing with judicial co-operation in criminal matters among agencies of the member states. It is seated in The Hague, South Holland. Established in 2002, it was created to improve handling of serious cross-border and organised crime by stimulating investigative and prosecutorial co-ordination.
Eurojust is composed of a college formed of 28 national members—experienced judges, prosecutors, or police officers of equivalent competence from each EU member state. The terms and duties of the members are defined by the state that appoints them. Eurojust also co-operates with third states and other EU bodies such as the European Judicial Network, Europol and the OLAF.
Eurojust core business
- Trafficking in human beings
- Illegal immigrant smuggling
- Drugs and arms
- The sexual exploitation of women and children
- Online child abuse
- Various kinds of fraud and money laundering
- Environmental crime
Eurojust can assist in such cases where a Member State and a non-Member State are involved. It can also help a Member State and the Commission when offences affect the European Union’s financial interests.
Eurojust’s goals are: first, to stimulate and improve the coordination between the national authorities, and to this end it works closely with EU partners such as the European Judicial Network (EJN), Europol, and OLAF where appropriate; second, to improve cooperation between the competent authorities, in particular by facilitating mutual legal assistance and the execution of mutual recognition instruments such as the European Arrest Warrant; and third, to support competent authorities in improving the effectiveness of their investigations and prosecutions, for example, by seeking solutions to recurring problems in judicial cooperation. In non-operational strategic matters, Eurojust works closely with EU and Member State institutions such as the European Parliament, national parliaments, the Council and the Commission.
Because crimes threatening European citizens are often global in nature, Eurojust has worked with various partners to help meet this threat. It has negotiated cooperation agreements for the exchange of judicial information and personal data outside the EU. Agreements have been concluded with Norway, Iceland, the USA, Switzerland, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Liaison prosecutors from Norway, Switzerland and the USA are based at Eurojust. In addition to cooperation agreements, Eurojust maintains a network of contact points outside the EU, and has memoranda of understanding with bodies such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and IberRed.
Eurojust offers a modern, dynamic and stimulating work environment. Our mission is to strengthen and facilitate the coordination of investigations of serious and organised cross-border crime in the European Union, contributing to bringing criminals to justice and creating a safer Europe for its citizens.
To achieve our mission, Eurojust employs more than 230 staff members from across EU Member States who provide a range of technical, legal, operational and administrative support. Eurojust seeks highly qualified, flexible, results-oriented and committed individuals to join our workforce.
Our staff are our most important asset and Eurojust strives to retain qualified employees through an attractive benefits package, training and development opportunities and providing a stimulating and ethical workplace.
Types of positions
Eurojust employs two different types of staff:
- Temporary agents classified in two functions groups, Administrators (AD) and Assistants (AST), depending on the nature of the duties involved.
- Contract agents classified in four functions groups, I, II, III and IV, depending on the nature of the duties involved.
The usual duration of contract is 5 years for a temporary agent and 3 years for a contract agent. Both may be renewed once for another fixed period and if renewed for a second time, the contract will be for an indefinite period. Other durations of contract may be offered depending on the needs of Eurojust.
Staff members are selected through selection procedures run independently by Eurojust. Further information on the application and recruitment process can be found here.
Some of the benefits offered to staff members at Eurojust are:
- Competitive salary package and a range of family allowances for spouses and dependent children
- A final salary based pension scheme
- Access to the European School of The Hague for dependents
- Job stability and career development opportunities
- A multi-national, multi-lingual work environment
- Flexible working arrangements including part-time, flexi-time and teleworking options
- Health and accident insurance
- Modern, custom-built premises in the heart of The Hague’s international zone
More information about our working and contractual conditions can be found in the Staff Regulations (SR) and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities (CEOS), on which Eurojust employment conditions are based.
Mission and tasks
At the request of a Member State, Eurojust may assist investigations and prosecutions concerning that particular Member State and a non-Member State if a cooperation agreement has been concluded or if an essential interest in providing such assistance is demonstrated.
Eurojust’s competence covers the same types of crime and offences for which Europol has competence, such as terrorism, drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, counterfeiting, money laundering, computer crime, crime against property or public goods including fraud and corruption, criminal offences affecting the European Community’s financial interests, environmental crime and participation in a criminal organisation. For other types of offences, Eurojust may assist in investigations and prosecutions at the request of a Member State.
Eurojust may ask the competent authorities of the Member States concerned to:
- investigate or prosecute specific acts;
- coordinate with one another;
- accept that one country is better placed to prosecute than another;
- set up a Joint Investigation Team; or
- provide Eurojust with information necessary to carry out its tasks.
- shall ensure that the competent authorities inform each other of investigations and prosecutions of which they have been informed;
- shall assist the competent authorities in ensuring the best possible coordination of investigations and prosecutions;
- shall give assistance to improve cooperation between the competent national authorities, in particular based on Europol’s analyses;
- shall cooperate and consult with the European Judicial Network (EJN), and make use of and contribute to the improvement of its documentary database;
- may, in accordance with its objectives, try to improve cooperation and coordination between the competent authorities, and forward requests for judicial assistance when they: (i) are made by the competent authority of a Member State, (ii) concern an investigation or prosecution conducted by that authority in a specific case, and (iii) necessitate its intervention with a view to coordinated action;
- may assist Europol, particularly with opinions based on analyses carried out by Europol; and
- may supply logistical support, e.g. assistance in translation, interpretation and the organisation of coordination meetings.
In order to carry out its tasks, Eurojust maintains privileged relationships with the EJN, Europol, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), and Liaison Magistrates. It is also able, through the Council, to conclude cooperation agreements with non-Member States and international organisations or bodies for the exchange of information or the secondment of officers.
Eurojust has established contact points in 23 non-Member States: Albania, Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Egypt, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Norway, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA. Korea is the most recent addition.
In December 2008, Ministers of Member States at the Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a revised Council Decision on the strengthening of Eurojust. The aim of the Decision is to develop Eurojust’s potential to help fight transnational organised crime. Measures include increasing the interchange of information about serious cross-border cases, and making Eurojust available to national authorities on a 24/7 basis. Where necessary, transposition of the revised Decision into Member State law was to take place by 4 June 2011.
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