On 17 – 18 September 2019, a training on Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) was held at the Federal Judicial Training Center in Sarajevo for prosecutors, judges and police officers from all territories of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The aim of the training was for participants to gain insight into the work of JITs, the possibilities they provide, and the international instruments that can be used for support.

A JIT is a tool for assisting and facilitating a specific cross-border crime investigation, and also for building mutual trust.  It consists of an investigation team established for a fixed period, based on an agreement between two or more countries or other competent authorities, and for the investigation of a specific criminal offence.

During the training Bosnian Prosecutor Diana Kajmakovic presented one of the successful JITs in which the country has participated. Prosecutor Mariana Lilova from the Prosecutor`s Office of Bulgaria described the possibilities of Eurojust support to the work of JITs, as well as her personal previous experience in conducting JITs. Ms. Dragana Stojanovic from the Prosecutor’s Office for Organised Crime of Serbia explained the components of the first regional JIT between Serbia and North Macedonia. Major Francisco Gonzalez Itturalde explained the Spanish framework on the work of JITs and the ways EMPACT can support this collaborative work.