The European project EU4 Justice, to support the fight against organised crime and corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was officially launched on 17 May in Sarajevo, in the presence of the French Ambassador, prominent members of the European Union Delegation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and many senior officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s judicial institutions, primarily prosecutors, the main partners in the project.
JCI was represented at the ceremony by Nicole COCHET, its Executive Director. As a sign of the importance attached by the Ministry of Justice to this project, both because of its geographical location and its objectives, she was accompanied by Ms Alexandra SAVIE, Head of the Cooperation Office of the Delegation for European and International Affairs.
In the hours preceding the launch, the first steering committee was held during which Ms. Isabelle ARNAL, team leader, presented the start-up report and the draft work plan resulting from the first three months of the project’s life, which she devoted to its implementation with the support of Bernard LEGRAS, Honorary Attorney General and Project Manager, and JCI for the material and logistical aspects.
The speeches delivered marked the satisfaction of the Delegation of the European Union and the beneficiaries with the conditions under which this project is being launched and the involvement of the team responsible for its implementation. On the French side, the Ambassador and Ms. Savie highlighted the importance they attach to its success; with JCI, they emphasized our intention to make it a constructive exchange of experiences among peers, which can contribute to an effective improvement in the functioning of Bosnian prosecutors and criminal justice.