The European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) is a leading group of independent criminal defence lawyers in the Council of Europe

The project was organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA). The ECBA was one of the associate partners in this project.

This project, that was co-financed by the Justice Programme 2014-2020 of the European Union, sought the momentum to make legal practitioners familiar with the forthcoming European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) that shall become fully operational by the end of 2020. Cooperation with the EPPO will become part of the practice of prosecutors, law enforcement and customs officials, judges as well as defence lawyers from all over the EU. Hence, this seminar series has offered a timely introduction to their forthcoming cooperation with the EPPO.

The concept
The project consisted of 4 seminars taking place in Trier, given its proximity to Luxembourg where the EPPO will have its seat and where a preliminary office may already exist by the time the seminars take place and possibilities to visit that office may arise.

A unique feature of the training events has been that prosecutors, judges, and defence lawyers from all EU Member States has been brought together in the same training.

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The project was organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA). 
Furthermore, the project is supported by the following partners: