Statements and Press Releases


ECBA Response to proposed Directive on The Presumption of Innocence ECBA Plea to EU Politics: Follow the Rule of Law – Human rights should not be negotiable

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. 

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  1. ECBA comments and recommendations following the proposed instruments on legal aid published by the European Commission in November 2013
  2. ECBA reply on the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings, 6 May 2014
  3. Joint letter on Pre-trial detention to Vice-President Reding of the European Commission
  4. ECBA Press Release on EPPO Proposal
  5. ECBA Touchstones - Minimum Standards for the right to Legal Aid (Measure C part 2)
  6. ECBA press release – LIBE vote on Directive on access to a lawyer - 19 June 2013
  7. New ECBA Statement on Measure E
  8. Joint briefing on the Directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and the right to inform a third party upon deprivation of liberty
  9. ECBA Cornerstones on a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (“EPPO”) – Art. 86 TFEU
  10. ECBA Statement on the Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and the Council on freezing and confiscation of proceeds in crime in the European Union
  11. Joint letter on pre-trial detention - June 2012
  12. ECBA cornestones on Access to a lawyer in Criminal Proceedings
  13. Joint Statement of nine organisations on Measure C1
  14. Pre-trial Emergency Defence Project
  15. ECBA response on a Green Paper on detention
  16. Joint letter in relation to Continued Assistance to the Roadmap for Procedural Rights in Criminal Proceedings
  17. Open Letter regarding the Draft Directive on the Right to have Access to a lawyer
  18. ECBA Statement on the Draft Directive on Victim’s Rights
  19. ECBA statement as to the public consultation of the EC on the functioning of regulation 1/2003
  20. ECBA Statement on the Draft Directive on the Right to have Access to a Lawyer
  21. Statement on the Member State initiative regarding the European Investigation Order in Criminal Matters
  22. Open Letter to the Minister of Justice of Belarus
  23. UK’s Extradition Review - ECBA view
  24. Open Letter on Procedural Proceedings - Measure B
  25. Open Letter from the ECBA May 2009 - Conflict of Jurisdiction
  26. In Absentia Judgement - ECBA Press Release
  27. In absentia judgements - ECBA Open Letter to all Members of the European Parliament
  28. Statement of the ECBA on the Greenpaper Presumption of Innocence
  29. ECBA Letter to Commissioner Frattini
  30. ECBA Letter to Alberto Costa
  31. ECBA-View – Presentation of Taru and Holger in Paris 2004