Joint investigation teams (JITs) are a vital cooperation tool for police and judicial authorities. Funding of these teams is essential to avoid extra costs incurred by the national authorities in fighting complex cross-border crime. Both Europol and Eurojust can provide funding to JITs and avoiding double-funding and facilitating applications for funding is essential.
On 1 June the newly appointed Executive Director of Europol, Ms Catherine De Bolle, and the President of Eurojust, Mr Ladislav Hamran, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU will ensure even closer cooperation between the two organisations by establishing the rules and conditions for the benefit of those requesting funding from the national authorities.
Europol supports JITs in a number of ways, such as by:
- showing the big picture: identifying links between related cases and investigations;
- liaising directly with JIT members;
- providing members with information that Europol maintains;
- offering analytical and logistical support and technical and forensic expertise;
- supporting the secure exchange of information.