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 several third states, including Norway, Iceland, the USA, Switzerland, Ukraine, Albania 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.
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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.
Eurojust Staff Testimonials
Sophie HAENSEL, National Desk Assistant (Germany), National Desk of Germany: “I have lived in several countries and numerous cities all over the world and The Hague has been the easiest and fastest resettlement process I have experienced. As an expat, I instantly felt at home here. Working not only in such a multi-cultural city but also in an extremely diverse working environment has been very enriching and every day you learn something new about cultural traditions, business etiquette and cross cultural communication.
This diversity is also reflected in my daily work as a National Desk Assistant for Germany, where I have gained invaluable insight into the German judicial system and the functioning of judicial cooperation across Europe. I would not be able to describe an average day at work because every day is different: my tasks range from registering urgent operational cases, to organising high profile visits or coordination meetings and sometimes doing basic administrative tasks such as managing an agenda or organising a mission. Working at Eurojust enables me to work, contribute to and research issues which are not only of great personal interest to me but also of extreme relevance given the current and unprecedented threats in regard to cross border crime and the constant changes in the political and legislative landscape of the European Union.”
Alinde TERSTEGEN-VERHAAG, Head of Legal Affairs Office, Resources Department:“Working at Eurojust fits with the ambition I had from the early years at university, when I had a strong wish to work in a legal context in an international environment. Whilst Eurojust did not exist at the time, it almost seems as if my university courses prepared me for working here, focusing at that stage on European and International Law, human rights and criminal procedure law. I think it is important to identify in your studies where your heart and ambition lie and then try to follow that ambition with determination.
Eurojust can be an exciting place to work. We support cases from the EU Member States and try to bring efficiency in cross border judicial cooperation. Our work contributes to enhance safety in Europe and even beyond the European borders. For instance, Eurojust ensures that prosecution offices and counter terrorism prosecutors in the Member States have access to experiences in terrorism trials across Europe, so that we can learn from lessons and experiences in another country than our own. Currently I work in the Legal Affairs Office, more remote from the actual heart of the Eurojust business, but trying to make the organisation a better place to work at, for all of our employees.
Eurojust is located in The Hague in a wonderful spot, with views over the city and the sea. It is a joy to cycle to work, coming out of the city and through the small forest between the city and the office. Over the years The Hague has become a place that is very welcoming to expats and offers a lot of cultural and sports events. I have never regretted moving here, and would not easily swap it for another place. “
Mihai MAIUG, ICT Support Officer, Information Management Unit: “Having worked in other European institutions in a similar position (Information Technology Assistant ), I feel that my current experience at Eurojust is well balanced. There are new technical developments to keep things interesting but also many processes in place to help with those challenges. We are a young enough organisation to have new things to implement and old enough to know how to approach those needs. That is a good place to be in.
On top of that there is a level of technical understanding both from the colleagues I am here to support and management. That makes my job a little bit easier and I am thankful for that.
Finally, there is a certain satisfaction displayed by most of my colleagues to work in a modern building in the heart of the International Zone. That helps me put things into perspective whenever I need that extra boost of motivation.”
Robert LAID, Judicial Cooperation Advisor, Operations Department: “Based on my previous experience seconded to a Eurojust National Desk (2012-2015), I was very happy to join the ranks of highly dedicated and passionate Eurojust staff in early 2018. Working at Eurojust has been an extremely enriching experience, working in a multicultural and international environment and in the ever changing landscape of international cooperation in criminal matters, where Eurojust has a very essential role to play. Over the course of my previous stay I grew to love The Hague and still find to be one of the most interesting and vibrant cities in Europe.”
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.
Living and working in The Hague
The Hague is the seat of the crown, the parliament and the government of the Netherlands and it is considered the political centre of the country. The Hague not only has a reputation for being one of the greenest major cities in the Netherlands but it is also a coastal city with popular beaches. Due to the small size, the city is in close proximity to other major cities in The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam which can be reached by car or by an efficient public transport network.
Known as the city of peace and justice, The Hague hosts numerous embassies, International/European organisations and multinational companies, creating a diverse multicultural and multilingual environment. Many foreigners in The Hague are employed by one of an estimated 170 international organizations and over 100 consulates and embassies in town. Eurojust’s premises are in the heart of The Hague’s International Zone, ideally located between the city centre and the beach.
As an expat working in The Hague, you will benefit from the rich opportunities it offers. In addition to providing interesting employment possibilities, the city is a great place to raise a family with proximity to European and international schools and many English speaking institutions to assist expats with arranging practical matters when relocating to a new city.
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