“It is an exceptional honor for us to close down the official initiatives within the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the sphere of justice with this prestigious forum – the 50th Plenary Meeting of the European Judicial Network in Criminal Matters“. That’s how the Minister of Justice Tsetska Tsacheva welcomed the participants in the event, which she opened today. The anniversary meeting also coincided with the 20th anniversary from the creation of the network.

”The Presidency was a challenge for Bulgaria and today we may confidently say that our country coped successfully, for which we also have the recognition of our European partners. After nearly 6 months we are not only enriched by the accumulated experience but I also believe that we have build on the attained by the member-states before us. In this connection I seize the opportunity to express my gratitude to all the teams of experts and magistrates whose personal contribution and support were of essential significance for the successful closing down of a number of dossiers at the Bulgarian Presidency”, Minister Tsacheva said as well.

She outlined the increasingly tangible role of the European Judicial Network in Criminal Matters within the context of the increasing cross-border criminality and the need for more efficient prevention and combating.

The Minister also emphasized the essential role of the 400 judges and prosecutors who are a part of the network in the 28 member-states, which consider over 10 000 cases per year. Their expert work guarantees the cross-border security of the investigations in the especially grave crimes.

”For Bulgaria the role of the European Judicial Network is of exceptional significance. Its priority place is objectified by the numerous successfully executed international court and prosecutor’s orders”, the Minister of Justice declared and added that today’s event is a wonderful possibility for analyzing the accumulated experience of many years and drawing up the appropriate assessment with regard to the guidelines for the future development of the international judicial cooperation in the criminal sphere.

”I sincerely hope that this forum will leave a deep mark in the history of the Network and will give stimulus for us to cope more and more successfully with the challenges in the criminal sphere in the future as well”, Tsacheva said in conclusion.

The forum will also continue tomorrow with a discussion of the new rules for electronic evidence proposed by the European Commission and the good practices at cross-border investigations.