Eurojust and OLAF strengthen their cooperation in combating financial crime: extracts from the agreement signing ceremony
End production: 24/09/2008 First transmission: 24/09/2008
Eurojust and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) signed an agreement, on 24 September 2008 in Brussels, building on a further improved coordination and cooperation in the fight against cross-border and organised crime affecting the financial interests of the European Union. Both organisations want to look into a better use of their know-how and resources, and of data exchanges, focusing on the international dimension of fraud and corruption, its links and trends, and the need to put in place effective countermeasures. Through this agreement, OLAF and Eurojust will be able to ensure more effective investigations and concerted follow-ups at judicial level in order to bring the offenders to justice, said José Luís Lopes da Mota, President of Eurojust, at the signing ceremony. It has taken a long time to sign this agreement, since the Memorandum of Understanding in 2003, because it is not so easy to get this kind of agreements especially when you are talking about exchange of information, especially of personal data, commented Franz-Hermann Brüner, Director-General of OLAF.
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||Franz-Hermann Brüner, Director-General of OLAF, (in ENGLISH) saying that it has taken them a long time to get there because it is not so easy to get this kind of agreements, especially when you are talking about exchange of information, especially of personal data; all this is very sensitive and they have to respect all the rules in this, also regarding the persons, the investigations and the suspicions; this is a key element of cooperation; that is why it has taken a long period from the first Memorandum of Understanding in 2003; five years later they have achieved a next step and he is quite sure it will not be the last step of cooperation; they will continue to work on having more cooperation in the future and on practical arrangements between them that they can come to a solution that nobody can accuse the European level of not cooperating with each other
||José Luís Lopes da Mota, President and National Member for Portugal at Eurojust, (in ENGLISH) saying that the signing of the agreement represents a big step of the EU against cross-border and organised crime affecting the financial interests of the EU and of its citizens; they are a solidifying joint front against this type of crimes; they are formalising the basis of their cooperation, assisting each other in concrete ways and assisting national authorities when they have to deal with serious cross-border criminal cases; through this agreement, they will be able to ensure more effective investigations and concerted follow-ups at judicial level in order to bring the offenders to justice
||Signature of the agreement by José Luís Lopes da Mota and Franz-Hermann Brüner (7 shots)
||Cutaways (2 shots)