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

The ECBA has written in strong terms to Commissioner Frattini, expressing once again our concern that the Framework Decision on Procedural Rights has not been adopted and asking for an explanation of the reasons for the delay in implementing the measures scheduled in the Hague Programme.

We have called for clarification of the Commission's plans in this important area and urged the Commission to honour its Hague Programme commitments in the interests of strengthening freedom, security and justice in the European Union.

Any response that we receive will also be published on this website.

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