The Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado, has expressed her firm support for the work she is doing Eurojust during a visit to its facilities in The Hague.
Delgado, who has been the coordinating prosecutor of the fight against terrorism in Spain, has reiterated the important role that Eurojust has to play in this area and has underlined the fact that our country is one of the seven that support the Registry against Terrorism (CRT) that will be created in The Hague.
During this trip, the minister also visited the headquarters of the International Criminal Court and has underlined its work to fight impunity for the most atrocious crimes.
Delgado has emphasized the key position of Eurojust as a central node in the fight against cross-border crime, compatible with the fact that Member States of the European Union can continue to have their own judicial systems. The minister has indicated that the role of Eurojust is vital to guarantee security in the European Union and maintain, at the same time, open borders. Delgado also highlighted the work carried out by this body coordinating cooperation with the countries of North Africa through Euromed and has referred to the need to combat together the arms and drug trafficking, human trafficking and cybercrime.
The president of Eurojust, Ladislav Hamran, thanked Minister Delgado for his support. "We know that we can always count on Spain as a key partner in the fight against cross-border crime," said Hamran, who emphasized that "the fight against terrorism and other forms of crime, such as trafficking in human beings, smuggling and trafficking in arms and drugs, is also of vital importance for the good and continuous cooperation we have with the judiciary and the Spanish authorities. "
During her stay at the Eurojust headquarters, Dolores Delgado met with the members of the College of National Commissioners, the President of the Anti-Terrorist Team, Frédéric Baab, and Francisco Jiménez Villarejo, national member of Spain at Eurojust, who presented him with the memory of activities developed by the Spanish office in 2018. Of the more than 6,600 cases handled by Eurojust last year, a total of 517 were processed by the Spanish delegation.
Eurojust is an organism of the European Union created in 2002 with the aim of supporting and reinforcing the coordination and cooperation between the national authorities of the Member States in the face of the most serious forms of cross-border crime in the EU.
In The Hague, the minister has also visited the headquarters of the International Criminal Court, where she has met with its president, Chile Eboe-Osuji; the deputy prosecutor, James Stewart; and the court clerk, Peter Lewis. The purpose of this meeting is to deepen our country's good relations with the Court, of which Spain is a firm defender for its work in the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes. During the meeting, the great challenges faced by the Court today, such as the one that involves deepening its leadership and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of its judicial processes, have been addressed.
Created on the initiative of the UN, the International Criminal Court entered into force in 2002. It is the first permanent international tribunal to try those responsible for crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes and aggression.