The Hague, 11 May 2009

Eurojust, in conjunction with the Czech Presidency of the European Union, held a Β Β seminar on Counter-Terrorism issues. The seminar took place on 4 and 5 May 2009 in Prague, the Czech Republic.

The aim of the seminar was the exchange of best practices and information among judicial and law enforcement authorities focusing on the area of Western Balkan. Speakers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, met and discussed on the Western Balkans Countries Perspective.

Keynote speakers at the seminar were Mr Ε½eniΕʽek, Deputy Minister of Justice of the Czech Republic, Ms Lenka Ptačova-MelicharovΓʽ, Deputy Minister of Interior, Ms Renata VeseckΓʽ, Prosecutor General, Ms MichΓ¨le Coninsx, Vice President of Eurojust and Chair of the Counter Terrorism Team at Eurojust and Mr Pavel Zeman, National Member for the Czech Republic.

In the first part of the Seminar, the Western Balkans Countries perspective was presented by a variety of keynote speakers from the Western Balkans States: Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The second day was devoted to the exchange of information andevidence gathering, with actual case examples and illustrated presentations.

In the final conclusions of the Seminar, which were presented by Mr Lopes da Mota, president of Eurojust, he mentioned the fruitful discussions that took place on the fight against terrorism. We have to look into the future, Mr Lopes da Μota said. He mentioned some facts, as there are always links between terrorism and organised crime, and the Member States has to cope with common difficulties, such as legal obstacles in exchange of information and the gathering of evidence that can be used in court.

At the end of the Seminar, Mr Pavel Zeman commented:
This Seminar was a successful initiative, and one of the highlights of the Czech Presidency. Judicial and police professionals and practitioners from the European Union and THE Western Balkans met and discussed on experiences and best practices in the fight against terrorism. I believe this Seminar will be the start for intensive cooperation between Eurojust and judicial authorities from EU and Western Balkan countries. This is what we were hoping to achieve.

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