Nela Kuburovic, Serbia’s Justice Minister, and Ladislav Hamran, the President of the Eurojust, a European Union’s agency for judicial partnership in criminal matters among agencies in the EU member states, signed on Tuesday the agreement on cooperation between Belgrade and The Hague-based agency, the Beta news agency reported.
The contract would enable Serbia’s judiciary to have access to the EU prosecutors’ offices data and to exchange information with them.
Hamran said that close cooperation between Serbia and Eurojust was necessary in fighting cross-border crime, what the signed agreement was about, adding it enabled Serbia to forward the old and current cases to the agency.
Kuburovic said that the cooperation had so far been one-sided, meaning the EU countries could ask Serbia for information, but that the process would be a two-way street as of now.
The cooperation was established in 2007. In the last four years, Eurojust and Serbia cooperated in 143 cases of organised crime, money laundry, drug trafficking, fraud, and acts causing danger to life or bodily harm.
“Serbia took part in six joint investigations and attended 23 coordination meetings,” Kuburovic said.