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Network of contact points in respect of persons responsible for genocide and crimes against humanity

The purpose of this decision is to establish a network of European Union (EU) countries’ contact points with a view to improving cooperation in combating genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

ACT

Council Decision 2002/494/JHA of 13 June 2002 setting up a European network of contact points in respect of persons responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

SUMMARY

All countries of the European Union (EU) have ratified the Rome Statute of 17 July 1998 setting up the International Criminal Court (ICC) to hear cases involving genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. However, the ICC remains complementary to national systems of criminal law. The investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes continue to be the responsibility of national authorities. Therefore, the EU is calling for closer cooperation between the relevant national authorities to ensure that these crimes will be combated successfully.

National contact points

Each EU country must designate a national contact point for exchanging information on investigations of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The details of each contact point must be sent to the General Secretariat of the Council, which will forward them to the other EU countries.

Upon request, the contact points must provide each other with information relevant to investigations into genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. They may also exchange such information of their own motion. In addition, the contact points are responsible for facilitating cooperation between the competent national authorities.

The Council annually briefs the European Parliament on the activities of the network of contact points.

This decision is without prejudice to the conventions or agreements regarding mutual assistance in criminal matters between judicial authorities.

REFERENCES

ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Decision 2002/494/JHA

13.6.2002

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OJ L 167, 26.6.2002

RELATED ACTS

Council Decision 2003/335/JHA of 8 May 2003 on the investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes [Official Journal L 118 of 14.5.2003].

Last updated: 27.04.2011
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