Eurojust and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia start talks on a judicial co-operation agreement

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Today, Eurojust and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia started negotiations in The Hague to conclude a judicial co-operation agreement.

The Minister of Justice visited Eurojust in The Hague today, to officially start negotiations to conclude a judicial co-operation agreement with Eurojust.

As the country has made satisfying progress, the conditions to initiate the negotiations for this agreement were fulfilled.

The delegation was headed by Mr Manevski Mihajlo, Minister of Justice. He was accompanied by Zoran Pandev, Deputy Director of the Directorate for Data Protection, Maja Konevska, Public Prosecutor, Biljana Kocevska, criminal judge, Gorica Atanasova – Assistant to the Minister for EU and international co-operation, Beti Jaceva, Counselor at the Mission to the European Union and Spresa Jusifi, Chef des Affaires in the Embassy to the Netherlands.

Eurojust’s delegation was lead by Mr Lopes da Mota, President of the College, Ms Gabrijelčič, chair of, and other members of the External Relations team, including the Legal Service and the Data Protection Officer.

In their opening speeches, both parties formally opened the negotiations.

The purpose of this co-operation agreement will be to enhance the co-operation between both parties in combating all forms of serious organised transnational crime, including terrorism. The agreement will present also the basis for the exchange of information regarding such cases.

At the end of the meeting, both parties were very satisfied with the outcome of the meeting. They reached an agreement on all issues and the procedure for the finalisation and the signing of the agreement will continue.

Afterwards, Mr Manevski Mihajlo, Minister of Justice commented:
“The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is prepared to enter into full co-operation with Eurojust with the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the national judicial authorities.”

Mr Lopes da Mota, President of the College, said:
“Now that the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has the status of candidate country, a strong judicial co-operation is essential, especially regarding the fight against specific types of organised crime. We also have to look and act outside the borders of the European Union.”

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