A criminal justice cooperation agreement was signed today in Luxembourg between Eurojust, the EU Judicial Cooperation Unit, and the Kingdom of Denmark, to continue their joint fight against transnational organised crime after the approval of the European Council. The agreement allows for transnational operational and strategic cooperation under the new Eurojust Regulation, as it allows Denmark to appoint a representative to Eurojust to coordinate its criminal investigations and prosecutions with other Member States as well as with third countries that have entered into a cooperation agreement with Eurojust. Eurojust President Ladislav Hamran and Danish Justice Minister Nick Hekkerup signed the agreement. Under the cooperation agreement signed on Saturday, Denmark will be able to continue accessing Europol`s databases at the time of day, through Danish officials based in The Hague (Netherlands) via Europol databases. Denmark, an EU member, voted in a referendum last year to make it no longer disconnect from the bloc`s judicial rules on the bloc`s judicial rules, meaning the country will need a separate agreement to access Europol information when new EU rules come into force next May. He said the agreement was “not a parallel agreement” to keep Denmark with Europol despite the referendum. Earlier this year, Denmark was placed on the list of third countries with which Europol can conclude cooperation agreements. That is why Denmark signed a new cooperation agreement on Saturday (April 29th) guaranteeing access to police databases 24 hours a day and participating in the exchange of information. “Strong cooperation at European level is essential to combat cross-border crime in the European Union.
That is why, on behalf of Denmark, I am very grateful for this agreement, which guarantees Denmark`s continued cooperation through the eurojust inter-measures. We will do everything in our power to maintain our teamwork in the fight against human trafficking, drug trafficking or organized crime. The agreement was presented last year by the European Commission. Rasmussen had called it a “back door” at Europol after the Danes “threw” the keys to the main door. The agreement between Denmark and Eurojust takes into account the situation of the country, which is both a Member State and not a member of Eurojust, in accordance with the Eurojust Regulation, which will come into force in December 2019.