Further Cooperation between Eurojust and FRA
On 24 June 2021, the President of Eurojust, Ladislav Hamran, and the Executive Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Michael O’Flaherty, met to discuss potential areas of cooperation and possible common activities in judicial matters. Topics of cooperation ranged from facial recognition technology and detention problems to the access to lawyers and victims’ rights. FRA presented its research findings on criminal detention, access to legal advice, and implementation of the EU Directive on combating terrorism. Both agencies also discussed their cooperation in the Victims’ Rights Platform. The platform was established in 2020 and brings together actors engaged in victims’ rights at the EU level to discuss horizontal issues and to support implementation of the EU Strategy on victims’ rights. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cross-border judicial cooperation and the central role of Eurojust in rolling out the Digital Justice Project were also on the agenda.