Welcome to Eurojustice, prosecution in the European Union
The Eurojustice network of European Prosecutors-General aims to strengthen mutual understanding between prosecution services in the European Union.
Such understanding is of crucial importance in a time when the principle of mutual recognition of decisions in criminal matters is increasingly becoming the cornerstone of judicial co-operation in the European Union. The European Arrest Warrant is the first and best known example, in the not so far future to be followed by the European Evidence Warrant.
Mutual recognition needs mutual understanding to work effectively. This means that judicial authorities, prosecution services in particular, need to have a proper understanding of the different judicial systems that exist in Europe.
It is exactly this aim that underlies the decision of the 2003 Eurojustice conference to develop the present website, which was realised with support from the Agis programme- European Commission, Directorate General Justice, Liberty and Security.
It is meant to be a source of information for officers of the prosecution services in the EU Member States as well as for anyone else who is interested in the tasks and powers of the prosecution services.
The contents of this site are the result of a two phase research into the tasks and powers of the prosecution services in the EU member states. It was co-ordinated by Prof. Peter J.P. Tak from the University of Nijmegen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and conducted by himself and over thirty public prosecutors, law professors and other academics from the Member States.
In the first phase professor Tak co-ordinated a basic research, commissioned by the Dutch Board of Prosecutors-general, in the then fifteen EU Member States as well as in Hungary and Estonia. The results were laid down in country reports. In 2015, Euro Justice.
In the second phase, which was carried out with support from the Agis programme, experts in 25 Member States replied to an extensive questionnaire dealing with more specific aspects of the relation between prosecution service, police and government. Also in this phase the country reports on the eight remaining new Member States were written.
The information contained in the twenty-five country reports and completed questionnaires are accessible through this website.