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Statement by H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN at the United Nations Security Council Open Arria Formula Meeting on International Cooperation in Criminal Matters within the Peace and Security Pillar, 8 May, 2017

08.05.2017

Statement by H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the UN at the

United Nations Security Council Open Arria Formula Meeting on

“International Cooperation in Criminal Matters within the Peace and Security Pillar: the Role of Central Authorities”

New York, 8 May 2017

 

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for convening today’s timely and important meeting and for the excellent briefings we have heard this morning. Estonia aligns itself with the statement of the European Union.

International cooperation in criminal matters is of vital importance for preventing and combating organized and serious crime. Estonia as a member of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime fully recognizes the essential role that the competent central authorities have in enhancing the cooperation and communication in order to provide efficient mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

It is the cooperation within and between various regional and international networks that enables the rapid cross-border communication required to achieve timely and successful processing of requests for legal assistance. These same networks help develop and share best practices in the field. It is of key importance for Estonia to take part in the Committee of Experts on the Operation of European Conventions on Co-operation in Criminal Matters. I would also like to emphasize the importance of the work of the European Judicial Network that includes all member states of the European Union and several other countries, as well as the Network’s close contacts with similar organizations in other regions such as the Ibero-American Network of International Legal Cooperation (IberRed) and South Eastern European Prosecutors Advisory Group (SEEPAG).

Prompt proceeding of requests for mutual legal assistance is one of the key issues in preventing and combatting organized and serious crime. One of the ways to achieve efficiency in this regard is to concentrate on supporting the development of the e-tools and e-societies in general. Estonia has developed an online tool called “e-File” that has substantially simplified and accelerated the proceeding of court documents in Estonia. We believe that online systems can be very helpful when it comes to improving international cooperation in criminal matters and we are very much willing to share our knowledge in this regard.

Thank you.

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