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Commission wants EU agency to protect evidence of war crimes in Ukraine – POLITICO

To hold Russia accountable for war atrocities in Ukraine, the European Commission wants to equip the EU’s judiciary with tools to collect and protect evidence of crimes.

The EU executive on Monday suggested To change the mandate of the Eurojust agency, which coordinates European investigations and prosecutions of cross-border crimes, to create a central repository of evidence of possible abuse for national and international authorities and NGOs.

The Commission believes that such legislative changes would allow Eurojust to retain evidence for longer periods. The agency could also work directly with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to analyze and share the information.

“We need to strengthen Eurojust to ensure it has the necessary tools to deal with the scale of the atrocities in Ukraine,” said Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the Commission for Values ​​and Transparency.

“Those responsible for war crimes in Ukraine must be held accountable,” added Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders.

The agency could also process digital information such as videos, sound recordings and satellite images. The Commission said sharing the evidence would respect EU data protection rules General Data Protection Regulation.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine; Eurojust helped with a joint investigative team.

Parliament and Council will now deal with the Commission’s proposal.

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