Procedural Rights

The most up-to-date and relevant documents, press releases, academic comment, legislation, and case-law is collated and organised here in this fully-searchable central storage space. Here you can get an overall sense of the information available in the area of procedural rights or quickly find a specific document.

Stockholm Program—Swedish Procedural Rights Roadmap

Pre-Trial Detention (Measure F)


Official documents

The Commission published a Green Paper on EU criminal justice legislation and detention in June 2011. It subsequently launched a public consulation, to which numerous submissions were made and are available to view on the Commission website. Aside from a European Parliament plenary session on detention issues in the criminal justice field, there has been little further progress.

Council, 11 January 2012: Summary of the CATS - Council of Europe meeting, Brussels, 16 December 2011

Minutes of a meeting between the Council working group CATS (Article 36 Committee) and the Council of Europe, including a discussion of procedural rights issues and pre-trial detention.

  • Author: General Secretariat of the Council
  • Document Number: 5091/12
  • Document Date: Wed, January 11, 2012
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Council, 16 December 2011: European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg on 14 December 2011: Detention conditions in the EU (Oral questions)

A summary of MEPs' and political groups' statements on detention conditions in the EU and demands for EU action on the issue.

  • Author: General Secretariat of the Council
  • Document Number: 18804/11
  • Document Date: Fri, December 16, 2011
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Commission, 14 June 2011: Green Paper: Strengthening mutual trust in the European judicial area - A Green Paper on the application of EU criminal justice legislation in the field of detention

The Green Paper on the Application of EU Criminal Justice legislation in the field of Detention is part of the procedural rights package and covers the interplay between detention conditions and mutual recognition instruments such as the European Arrest Warrant as well as pre-trial detention, and opens up a wide public consultation based on ten questions set out in the Paper.

  • Author: European Commission
  • Document Number: COM (2011) 327
  • Document Date: Tue, June 14, 2011
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