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 general approach was adopted. It notably reflects a different vision on Eurojust’s governance, the powers of the national members and the data protection regime. In addition, the provisions relating to the EPPO have been excluded from the general approach, as the negotiations on the Regulation for the establishment of the EPPO are not sufficiently advanced. It is envisaged that a further mandate for discussions concerning the EPPO related provisions shall be sought from COREPER at a later stage in the discussions with the European Parliament.
The European Parliament has yet to adopt its position on the proposal and will do so at the same time as on the EPPO regulation. The rapporteur, Axel Voss, only published a working document reflecting his first analysis of the proposal.
Reference number: COM(2013) 535 final
Issue date: 17-07-13
Official Journal: Not published in the Official Journal