Ukraine: European Commission launches new project to support the investigation capacities of the International Criminal Court
June 9, 2022

Ukraine: European Commission launches new project to support the investigation capacities of the International Criminal Court


On 8 June, the European Commission launched a new project to support the investigation capacities of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with €7.25 million.

This project, which EU High Representative Josep Borrell first announced in Kyiv in April, is part of the EU’s efforts to fight impunity for international crimes globally. In particular, it will help the ICC expand its investigative capacity in response to ongoing investigations into war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine. This relates to data storage, processing infrastructure, and additional analytical and forensic capabilities for new types of evidence, including digital evidence.

“There can be no impunity for the crimes committed under Russian occupation. The International Criminal Court’s investigations are crucial to ensure accountability and justice for the heinous crimes committed in Ukraine,” said Borrell.

The EU supports the investigation launched by the ICC Prosecutor. On 25 April, Eurojust and ICC agreed to join forces and for the Court to participate in the EU’s Joint Investigation Team. 

The information on possible war crimes and crimes against humanity is currently being collected to enable investigation and adjudication by relevant actors in the future to ensure that those responsible for war crimes and other atrocities are held accountable.

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