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

With the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) encouraging faster surrender proceedings with fewer grounds to refuse surrender of the individual, it is essential for there to be counter measures to ensure that individuals are not held in pre-trial detention unnecessarily.

The ECBA and CCBE provided a joint opinion commending the attempt to address these issues and noting that the motivation behind the proposal is well-intentioned and aims to address shortcomings in the current system of remand for EU nationals. However, there are concerns that there are too many deficits with the proposal which could result in creating new grounds for arrest. The ECBA are keen to work with the Commission and EU institutions to find a workable solution to these problems.

Please find information regarding the GREEN PAPER on mutual recognition of non-custodial pre-trial supervision measures below:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:52004DC0562:EN:NOT

Click here for the joint ECBA/CCBE position paper.