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Supporting the greater usage of Joint Investigation Teams

Joint Investigation Teams are receiving financial and practical support to overcome financial constraints and to facilitate communication and information exchange.

Project dates 01/10/2010 - 30/09/2013
FundISEC
TopicJIT
Total budget€2 272 800
EU contribution95%
Project CoordinatorEurojust

Project Description

This project provides financial and logistical support to Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) established by EU countries. The funds enable JITs to finance their cross-border investigations via reimbursement of travel, accommodation, translation and interpretation costs. Equipment, such as mobile telephones, laptops, mobile printers and scanners, are lent to the teams upon request to allow flexible communication and an efficient exchange of information.

The only one of its kind, this project is special. It targets the financial means needed to investigate and prosecute serious cross-border crime, using the legal framework offered for JITs at EU level. One of the obstacles of cross-border investigations is the significant expenses arising from such activities. This project ‘frees’ such investigations from national budget constraints.

Benefits and results

During the first 2 years of the project, Eurojust received 207 applications for funding from 79 different JITs established between 22 EU countries. According to feedback received, the financial and practical assistance provided has allowed the creation and management of JITs, thereby contributing to the increasing number and size of JITs in Europe.

Alongside the JITs, the project establishes and disseminates best practices, achieved via the publication of regular reports to EU countries, as well as by attendance at conferences and seminars. The number of submitted applications is constantly increasing, demonstrating the interest among relevant stakeholders in the project.

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