Progress: Awaiting final decision
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Lead committee dossier:
The European Parliament adopted by 558 votes to 20, with 4 abstentions, following the consultation procedure, a legislative resolution on the Council implementing decision approving the conclusion by Eurojust of the Agreement on Criminal Justice Cooperation between Eurojust and the Kingdom of Denmark.
The European Parliament approved the Council's draft.
The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted, following the consultation procedure, the report by Claude MORAES (S&D, UK) on the draft Council implementing decision approving the conclusion by Eurojust of the Agreement on judicial cooperation in criminal matters between Eurojust and the Kingdom of Denmark.
The committee responsible recommended that the European Parliament approve the Council's draft.
In view of Denmark's special status in the field of criminal justice since Lisbon (Protocol No 22), Denmark does not participate in and is not bound by the new Regulation (EU) 2018/1727 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters (Eurojust). The said Regulation shall apply from 19 December 2019.
However, Denmark has expressed its wish to be more involved in Eurojust's activities. To this end, a cooperation agreement must be concluded between Denmark and Eurojust (similar to the one Denmark had to approve after the "Lisbonisation" of Europol). Denmark shall thus have a status between that of a Member State and that of a third country. For example, it shall have a representative participating in College meetings, without voting rights, and the country shall contribute to Eurojust's revenue.
On 28 March 2019, the Joint Supervisory Body of Eurojust gave a positive opinion on the provisions of the Agreement concerning data protection. Denmark will apply Directive (EU) 2016/680 of the European Parliament and of the Council, with respect to the personal data exchanged pursuant to the Agreement, agreed to specific data protection provisions in the Agreement and recognises the role of the European Data Protection Supervisor.
PURPOSE: to approve the conclusion by Eurojust of the Agreement on criminal justice cooperation between Eurojust and the Kingdom of Denmark.
PROPOSED ACT: Council Implementing Decision.
ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the Council adopts the act after consulting the European Parliament but without being obliged to follow its opinion.
BACKGROUND: Decision 2002/187/JHA provides that Eurojust may conclude agreements with third States and organisations. Such agreements may concern the exchange of information, including personal data, and the secondment of liaison officers or liaison magistrates to Eurojust. They may only be concluded after consultation by Eurojust with the Joint Supervisory Body concerning the provisions on data protection and after approval by the Council.
Denmark is bound by and subject to the application of Decision 2002/187/JHA. However, it shall not be bound by or subject to the application of Regulation (EU) 2018/1727 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation and replacing and repealing Council Decision 2002/187/JHA, which will apply from 12 December 2019.
Given the interest of Eurojust and Denmark in establishing close and dynamic cooperation in order to meet the present and future challenges posed by serious crime and to avoid an operational gap as of 12 December 2019, Eurojust has negotiated an Agreement on Criminal Justice Cooperation between Eurojust and the Kingdom of Denmark.
Eurojust's Joint Supervisory Body gave a positive opinion on the data protection provisions of the Agreement.
The Agreement was approved by the College of Eurojust on 21 March 2019.
CONTENT: under the draft Council Implementing Decision, Eurojust shall be authorised to conclude the Agreement on criminal justice cooperation between Eurojust and Denmark.
The Agreement includes provisions on the exchange of personal data. Denmark shall apply Directive (EU) 2016/680 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to personal data exchanged under the Agreement. It also provides for the exchange of information and the participation of the Representative to Eurojust in certain operational and strategic meetings.
As Denmark is affected by strategic and operational issues discussed in the College of Eurojust which affect all Member States, the Agreement provides for a wider participation of the Representative to Eurojust in meetings of the College of Eurojust than that provided for liaison magistrates of third States.
For the same reasons, it is appropriate that the national Parliament of Denmark is informed on Eurojust’s annual report, as well as on the results of studies and strategic projects commissioned by Eurojust, its strategic programming documents and working arrangements concluded with third parties in the same way as the national Parliaments of the other Member States.
Furthermore, given the specific situation of Denmark, being both a European Union Member State and a Schengen Area Country, a number of other specific provisions were included in the Agreement. Those provisions relate to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the role of the European Data Protection Supervisor, an appropriate contribution by Denmark to Eurojust’s budget and Denmark’s required continued membership of the Schengen area.
The United Kingdom and Ireland shall participate in the adoption and implementation of this Decision.
PURPOSE: draft Agreement on criminal justice cooperation between Eurojust and the Kingdom of Denmark.
BACKGROUND: at the meeting on 26 March 2019, Justice and Home Affairs Council examined the draft Agreement on Criminal Justice Cooperation between Eurojust and the Kingdom of Denmark. The Presidency concluded that the Member States approve the draft Agreement.
As a reminder, the Eurojust-Denmark criminal justice cooperation agreement is necessary following the “Lisbonisation” of Eurojust which replaced and repealed Council Decision 2002/187/JHA with Regulation (EU) 2018/1727 of the European Parliament and the Council of 14 November 2018 on the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust). The Regulation will apply from 19 December 2019.
In view of Denmark's special status in the area of criminal justice after Lisbon (Protocol 22), Denmark is not taking part in the new Regulation and is not bound by it. However, Denmark expressed the wish to further participate in the activities of Eurojust. In that regard, this cooperation agreement has to be agreed between Denmark and Eurojust.
CONTENT: the Agreement seeks to establish cooperative relations between Eurojust and Denmark in order to support and strengthen national investigations and prosecutions concerning serious crime affecting two or more Member States, or requiring prosecution on common bases on the basis of operations conducted and information supplied by the Member States’ authorities, by Europol, by the EPPO, and by OLAF in accordance with Article 3 of the Eurojust Regulation.
In general, the Agreement with Denmark shall ensure, inter alia, that Denmark: (i) continues to participate in the Eurojust structure; (ii) is part of the Schengen area; (iii) participates in various former third pillar instruments, including the European Arrest Warrant; (iv) participates in the financing of Eurojust.
Denmark shall have a status between that of a Member State and a third country and shall have a representative participating in the meetings of the College, without the right to vote. It shall also contribute to the revenue of Eurojust.
It shall apply Directive (EU) 2016/680 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to personal data exchanged under the Agreement.
Denmark has subscribed to the specific data protection provisions contained in the agreement and recognises the role of the European Data Protection Supervisor.
- Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading: T8-0425/2019
- Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading: A8-0192/2019
- Committee draft report: PE637.525
- Legislative proposal published: 07770/2019
- Document attached to the procedure: 07897/2019
- Document attached to the procedure: 07897/2019
- Committee draft report: PE637.525
A8-0192/2019 - Claude Moraes - Vote unique 18/04/2019 12:13:53.000
A8-0192/2019 - Claude Moraes - Vote unique
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