Procedural Safeguards - Measure F

Joint letter on Pre-trial detention to Vice-President Reding of the European Commission - 9 September 2013

Joint letter on Pre-trial detention to Vice-President Reding of the European Commission

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

Report on the implementation by the Member States of the Framework Decisions 2008/909/JHA, 2008/947/JHA and 2009/829/JHA in the field of Detention

Please click here for the first report on the implementation by the Member States of the Framework Decisions 2008/909/JHA, 2008/947/JHA and 2009/829/JHA on Transfer of Prisoners, on Probation and Alternative Sanctions and on the European Supervision Order, together with the accompanying staff working document (click here for the document). This report was adopted by the Commission on the 5th of February 2014. You will find a press release from the European Commission by clicking here.
 
The report aims to provide a preliminary evaluation of implementation of the three Framework Decisions by Member States, as communicated to the Commission. The report also reminds the Member States of the possibility for the Commission to launch infringement proceedings for non-transposition or inadequate transposition as of 1 December 2014, the end of the transitional period under the Lisbon Treaty.
 
The staff working document accompanying the report provides an overview of the State of Play of implementation and of the Declarations made by the Member States, hopefully a useful tool for practitioners.

Strengthening mutual trust in the European judicial area

– A Green Paper on the application of EU criminal justice legislation in the field of detention

On 14 June the European Commission launched its consultation "Strengthening mutual trust in the European judicial area – A Green Paper on the application of EU criminal justice legislation in the field of detention".

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