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

Introduction

On 28 April 2004 the European Commission tabled a proposal for a Framework Decision on certain procedural rights in criminal proceedings throughout the European Union (9318/04 COPEN 61 + ADD 1). Since then, this draft has been discussed in the Working Party of Substantive Criminal Law, including three times by the Council during the Austrian, Finnish and German Presidencies.

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