Having received the full backing of the European Commission’s support, Eurojust, the EU’s agency for judicial cooperation, launched on 5 September a Counter-Terrorism Register, to help each EU country quickly exchange information about any potential terrorist activities.
The EU’s 28 members already share information about terror suspects who are under criminal investigation or who have been prosecuted in their own countries.
The new register will now enable the bloc to efficiently track terror suspects as Eurojust will have enhanced intrastate capabilities to better pinpoint any links between individuals cases of terrorist activities across the EU. The hope is that this will give investigative teams enough time to collect feedback and implement response measures with each nation’s national law enforcement agency.
After a series of deadly terrorist attacks in France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands took the initiative to set up a register at Eurojust that the agency developed into a tool available to all EU countries.
Based in The Hague, Eurojust was established in 2002 as part of an effort to improve the handling of serious cross-border and organised crimes by stimulating investigative and prosecutorial co-ordination.
The agency is composed of a college of 28 national members that include judges, prosecutors, and police officers from each EU country.
Eurojust also co-operates with third states and other EU bodies such as the European Judicial Network, Europol, and the OLAF – the European Anti-Fraud Office.