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Regulation (EU) 2022/838 of 30 May 2022 amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1727 as regards the preservation, analysis and storage at Eurojust of evidence relating to genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and related criminal offences

Due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, on 25 April 2022, the Commission adopted an urgent proposal to amend the Eurojust Regulation to allow the Agency to collect, preserve, analyse and exchange evidence related to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The main aim of this proposal was to enable Eurojust to establish a storage facility where evidence concerning core international crimes gathered by Union agencies and bodies as well as national and international authorities or third parties, will be preserved considering that this evidence cannot be safely stored on the territory where hostilities take place. On 6 May 2022, Coreper agreed on a draft text which was submitted to the Parliament. The draft regulation amended the proposal to confine Eurojust powers to ‘preserve, analyse, store and exchange evidence’ relating to international core crimes. In the European Parliament, the file was assigned to the LIBE committee. On 19 May 2022, the Parliament voted and adopted its position on the proposal at first reading. The text was adopted by the Council on 25 May 2022 and published in the Official Journal on 31 May 2022. The whole legislative procedure, from the submission of the proposal by the Commission until the adoption and entry into force of the Regulation, lasted five weeks only. These new rules will enable Eurojust to: - store and preserve evidence relating to core international crimes, such as satellite images, photographs, videos, audio recordings; - process and analyse this evidence, in close cooperation with Europol, and share the information with the relevant national and international judicial authorities, including the International Criminal Court. The regulation entered into force on 1 June 2022.

type: Regulation

Reference number: Regulation (EU) 2022/838

Issue date: 30-05-22

Official Journal: OJ L 148, 31.5.2022, p. 1–5