Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust)
On 17 July 2013, the European Commission submitted a proposal for a Regulation on Eurojust (COM(2013) 535 final). This proposal seeks to replace the consolidated version of Council Decision 2002/187/JHA. It aims at providing a single and renovated legal framework for Eurojust, streamlining its functioning and structure in line with the Lisbon Treaty and the common approach on decentralised agencies. Several objectives are pursued, notably providing Eurojust with a new governance structure, homogeneously define the status and powers for national Members, involving the European and national parliaments in the evaluation of its activities, and ensuring that Eurojust could cooperate closely with the EPPO, once it is established. However, the proposal does not exhaust the possibilities offered by Article 85 TFEU, in particular, the possibility to entrust Eurojust with the task of initiation of investigations and of resolution of conflicts of jurisdiction is not implemented.
During the JHA Council meeting of 12-13 March 2015, a partial general approach was adopted. It reflects a different vision of Eurojust’s governance, the powers of its National Members and the data protection regime. The provisions on the Agency’s relationship with the EPPO were excluded from the general approach, as there had not been sufficient advancement on the EPPO regulation at the time.
At the European Parliament, the LIBE Committee decided to withhold its position to await progress on the issue of the relationship with the EPPO. The reason behind this approach is the close link between the establishment of the EPPO and Eurojust’s functions. Following the adoption of the EPPO Regulation, discussions within the European Parliament restarted. The LIBE Committee adopted its report on the proposal on 20 October 2017. The rapporteur concluded that the draft proposal has to be aligned with the partial general approach of the Council and the EPPO Regulation. He also called for an update of the data protection provisions of the proposed Regulation and finally, for precise definitions and a clear delimitation of the competences between the EPPO and Eurojust.
Reference number: COM(2013) 535 final
Issue date: 17-07-13
Official Journal: Not published in the Official Journal