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Document 12002M031

Treaty on European Union (Nice consolidated version)
Title VI: Provisions on police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters
Article 31
Article K.3 - EU Treaty (Maastricht 1992)

OJ C 325, 24.12.2002, p. 23–23 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

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12002M031

Treaty on European Union (Nice consolidated version) - Title VI: Provisions on police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters - Article 31 - Article K.3 - EU Treaty (Maastricht 1992) -

Official Journal C 325 , 24/12/2002 P. 0023 - 0023
Official Journal C 340 , 10/11/1997 P. 0164 - Consolidated version
Official Journal C 191 , 29/07/1992 P. 0061


Treaty on European Union (Nice consolidated version)

Title VI: Provisions on police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters

Article 31

Article K.3 - EU Treaty (Maastricht 1992)

Article 31

1. Common action on judicial cooperation in criminal matters shall include:

(a) facilitating and accelerating cooperation between competent ministries and judicial or equivalent authorities of the Member States, including, where appropriate, cooperation through Eurojust, in relation to proceedings and the enforcement of decisions;

(b) facilitating extradition between Member States;

(c) ensuring compatibility in rules applicable in the Member States, as may be necessary to improve such cooperation;

(d) preventing conflicts of jurisdiction between Member States;

(e) progressively adopting measures establishing minimum rules relating to the constituent elements of criminal acts and to penalties in the fields of organised crime, terrorism and illicit drug trafficking.

2. The Council shall encourage cooperation through Eurojust by:

(a) enabling Eurojust to facilitate proper coordination between Member States' national prosecuting authorities;

(b) promoting support by Eurojust for criminal investigations in cases of serious cross-border crime, particularly in the case of organised crime, taking account, in particular, of analyses carried out by Europol;

(c) facilitating close cooperation between Eurojust and the European Judicial Network, particularly, in order to facilitate the execution of letters rogatory and the implementation of extradition requests.

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