European Public Prosecutor‘s Office

As the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) became operational as of June 2021, the ECBA brought into force a working group to reflect on defence issues and procedural rights in EPPO proceedings.

Creating a new criminal procedure for a new institution is a complex matter, in which defence rights should be fully acknowledged and protected. 

The working group focuses on the lack of specific regulations of defence and procedural rights, te impact on the rights of the suspect at the national level and problems relating to access to the case file.

The working group’s aim is to identify the relevant defence issues and to advise the members of the ECBA on how to handle them. The WG  also interacts with the EPPO in order to convey the views of practitioners and help to build a practice that is in conformity with the highest standards of a fair trial and the rights of individuals.

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Thursday, 18 March 2021, the ECBA held its first official meeting with EPPO representatives.

The ECBA was represented by Vânia Costa Ramos, Vice-Chair, Holger Matt and Amedeo Barletta (members of the EPPO Working Group). The EPPO was represented by Danilo Ceccarelli, Deputy European Chief Prosecutor and by Emmanuel Farhat, Senior Legal Officer.

The meeting was very open and constructive. It laid the foundations for further dialogue and cooperation between the EPPO and the ECBA in matters of common interest in relation to EPPO proceedings. The EPPO expects to start its operations later this year.

Our dedicated Working Group will continue to develop its work and is keen on receiving any contribution from its members in regard to practice in EPPO proceedings.

On 12 October 2020 the College of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office adopted its Internal Rules. These were published in the Official Journal on 21.01.2021 (OJ C 22/4).

The ECBA has examined these rules and elaborated notes. In these notes, major issues that still need regulation are identified and the ECBA offers assistance in discussing and improving such issues in a constructive manner. The notes were sent to the European Chief Prosecutor, Laura Kövesi, by letter of 26 February 2021.