European Judicial Network (EJN)

Réseau judiciaire européen (RJE)

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Created by the Joint Action 38/428 JHA of 29 June 1998, in order to fulfil the Action Plan (recommendation no 21) on the creation of a European Judicial Network (OJ L 191 of 07 Jun 1998, p4), adopted in 1997 by E-XE7976 - European Council to combat organized crime, and prepared by a High Level Group of experts from Member States. Several of the recommendations of this Action Plan aim at improving the standards of cooperation between judicial authorities in criminal matters. Officially inaugurated, 25 Sep 1998, by the Austrian Minister of Justice acting as the Presidency of the Council of the F-XF2147 - European Union (EU). New legal basis entered into force, 24 Dec 2008, respectively the Council Decision 2008/976/JHA of 16 Dec 2008 on the European Judicial Network, hereinafter "the EJN Decision", which reinforced the legal status of the EJN while keeping its 1998 spirit.


Facilitate judicial cooperation in criminal matters through Contact Points (CPs) by establishing direct contacts between competent national judicial authorities, supporting drafting stages of requests for legal assistance, and providing assistance in urgent cases and cases of delayed execution of requests; provide information about national law and legal systems to address any national prerequisites for the execution of requests; contribute to information gathering and provide input to the EU institutions on drafting and implementation of legal instruments.


2024-11-06 | Budapest, Hungary – Plenary Meeting
2024-10-02 | The Hague, Netherlands – National Correspondents Meeting
2024-06-10 | Antwerp, Belgium – Plenary Meeting

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Composed of Contact Points of each Member States, as well as of EU institutions and non-EU countries. The EJN Secretariat is hosted by F-XF6206 - Eurojust , but functions as a separate and autonomous unit to support the functioning of the EJN.


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