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The statement was sent on Tuesday 11 October 2016 to President Erdoğan and relevant authorities in Turkey as well as key players at EU level (Commission, Council, Parliament, Council of Europe, European External Action Service, EU Fundamental Rights Agency).

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Please click here for the ECBA comments and recommendations following the proposed instruments on legal aid (part of the five proposals in the field of procedural safeguards) published by the European Commission in November 2013.

The paper is a result of intensive and careful consideration of the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) working group on Legal Aid composed of ca 10 practitioners from different jurisdictions all over Europe.

It was sent to Mrs Reding, Vice-president and Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship and to Oliver Tell, Director Unit B.1, Directorate General Justice on 12 May 2014. 

Please click here for our response to the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings, which is the result of intensive and careful consideration of the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) working group on Measure E, composed of 14 practitioners in criminal law from 10 countries all over Europe.

It was sent on 6 May 2014 to Mrs Reding, Vice-president and Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship and to Oliver Tell, Director Unit B.1, Directorate General Justice. 

Please click here for the ECBA Response to the Commission’s Proposal for a Directive on Certain Aspects of the Presumption of Innocence and of the right to be present at trial.

It was sent on the 6th of November to the new Commissioner, Mrs Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner responsible for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality and to Oliver Tell, Director Unit B.1, Directorate General Justice, to all members of the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament, to all national ministries of justice in the 28 EU Member States and to our colleagues of national bars and of the CCBE. 

As the European Commission, Council and Parliament have recognised, ‘excessively long periods of pre-trial detention are detrimental to the individual, can prejudice cooperation between the Member States, and do not represent the values for which the European Union stands’.

This letter is to follow-up on the European Union’s work to tackle this problem and to urge the Commission to continue its work in this area beyond the current legislative programme, including developing a timeframe for tabling a legislative proposal setting common minimum standards for the use of pre-trial detention in the EU.

Please click here for the letter.

This letter has been signed by Amnesty International; Association Européenne pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme; APADOR Association for the Prevention of Torture; Czech Helsinki Committee; Defence for Children International; European Criminal Bar Association; Federation Internationale de L’ACAT; Fair Trials International; Harm Reduction International; Human Rights Monitoring Institute; Lithuania Hungarian Helsinki Committee; International Centre for Prison Studies; Irish Penal Reform Trust; JUSTICE; Law Society of England and Wales; League of Human Rights; Czech Republic; Liga voor Mensenrechten; Observatoire International de Justice Juvenile; Open Society Justice Initiative; Quaker Council on European Affairs; Prisoners Abroad.

9 September 2013.

The ECBA has published a Press Release (click here to access) following the European Commissions' Proposal for Council Regulation on the Establishment of “EPPO” of 17 July 2013.

For the communication (COM(2013) 532 final) from the European Commission click here and for the proposal on the Council Regulation (COM(2013) 534 final) here.

You will also find information on the EC website by following the link:
http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/criminal/news/130717_en.htm

On this issue the ECBA had published the 'ECBA Cornerstones on a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (“EPPO”) – Art. 86 TFEU' in February 2013.

Click here for the ECBA Position Paper (25 June 2013)  which is the result of intensive and careful consideration of the ECBA working group on legal aid, composed of practitioners in criminal law from all over Europe.

Click here for a new ECBA Statement which contains the ECBA’s main recommendations to the Commission on Measure E of the Stockholm programme for the appropriate rights and treatment of vulnerable Suspects.

It was sent today to Mrs Reding, Vice-president and Commissioner responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship and to Oliver Tell, Director Unit B.1, Directorate General Justice on 15 May 2015.

Click here for the joint NGO briefing of 15 April 2013 submitted to the EP (Rapporteur and shadows) and to the Council ahead of the trilogue on Wednesday, 17 April, by  Amnesty International, European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA), Fair Trials International, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, JUSTICE and Open Society Justice Initiative.

The situation is very serious because there is a concrete danger that the negotiations in the trilogue of EC, EP and Council emerge as a bad compromise weakening the fundamental rights of EU citizens in criminal proceedings.