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

When Commissioner Frattini attended the Civil Liberties Committee in January 2007, Members of the European Parliament asked a number of questions on behalf of the ECBA asking about progress on a number of key issues. We asked about the latest state of play on the framework decision on procedural rights and also about other proposals that would impact on individual rights such as evidence based safeguards and work on in absentia judgments.

Commissioner Frattini confirmed that the Commission was committed to progress in this area but gave no clear timetable or detailed reply.

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