“I am very pleased to conclude this cooperation agreement with one of our main partners in the Western Balkans,” Hamran said. Closer relations will help make Europe safer. Serbia can take advantage of our practical instruments of cooperation in the prosecution of serious cross-border offences. Cooperation and mutual trust can lead to a more effective fight against crime in the region. Solutions can only be found if they are based on the agreement of all parties involved. Direct communication between representatives of all relevant national authorities, which allows for open debate and effective exchange of information, is essential to this agreement. Eurojust is perfectly able to provide all the necessary support to reach such agreements and put them into practice. In addition to a purely operational function, Eurojust is also the centre of competence in the field of judicial cooperation in criminal matters. Because of its composition, Eurojust is in a unique and privileged position to obtain first-hand information on the horizontal use of these instruments throughout the EU. The same applies to cooperation with third countries. Its national members, who represent their respective national authorities, contribute directly to the effectiveness and challenge of the application of these instruments by practitioners in all Member States. The interaction with liaison lawyers and contact points from third countries also gives it valuable feedback on the use of other instruments of judicial cooperation.
See also recital 50 of the regulation, under which the College should propose to the Council to draw the Commission`s attention to the need for a adequacy decision or recommendation for the opening of negotiations on an international agreement in accordance with Article 218 of the FUE Treaty↩ Mr Hamran said: “This cooperation agreement represents an important step forward in our valuable partnership with Georgia. In recent years, our close collaboration has often made a significant difference in the pursuit of serious cross-border crime and has stepped up our efforts to bring suspects to justice and better protect our fellow citizens. I am confident that this cooperation agreement will allow us to share even more operational and strategic successes in the future, which will make the world a safer place one by one. For third countries where there are no instruments of mutual recognition and where the diversity of legal systems and legal traditions is much greater, the need for relief is even greater. As noted above, Eurojust offers the necessary facilitation under these agreements, depending on the nature of the agreement with a given third country. While it is obvious that in cases where a cooperation agreement with a liaison judge seconded from that third country is concluded within Eurojust, the highest support may be granted, but in cases where (only) Eurojust`s points of contact are established, a considerable level of facilitation can be achieved.