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This section provides official documents detailing the history of negotiations between the EU institutions on the Directive on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings. The Directive, adopted in May 2012, was presented as a Commission proposal in July 2010. The final text was agreed between the Council and Parliament during numerous secret trilogues before subsequently being adopted after the European Parliament agreed the text at first reading.
The documents below are provided in chronological order, with the most recent first.
Press release from the Council on the adoption of the directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings.
The Council makes clear the scope of the Directive: "The provisions of the Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings do not necessarily constitute a precedent in the framework of discussions concerning other proposals for measures contained in the Roadmap for strengthening procedural rights of suspected or accused persons in criminal proceedings. However, overall consistency with the remaining measures shall be ensured."
Provides an overview of the legislative history and invites the Permanent Representatives Committee to confirm agreement on the proposed Directive and to suggest that the Council adopt the Directive.
"The Council of Europe expressed its appreciation for the progress made. It expressed appreciation for the results of the consultation process among EU and Council of Europe Secretariat which, in the field of procedural rights, has become an efficient practice, stressing its availability to continue this collaboration in the future."
The text of a statement (subsequently adopted, see 7305/12 ADD 1) on the scope of the proposed Directive.
"[A] number of informal contacts have taken place between the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission with a view to reaching an agreement on this dossier at first reading, thereby avoiding the need for second reading and conciliation. "In this context, the rapporteur, Birgit SIPPEL (S&D, DE) presented a single compromised amendment to the proposal for a Directive, on behalf of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. This amendment had been agreed during the informal contacts referred to above."
"The Commission finds the compromise text agreed between the co-legislators and the Declaration acceptable."
"As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position corresponds to the final legislative act".
Igor Dzialuk, Deputy State Secretary, Polish Ministry of Justice, hoped on behalf of the Polish Presidency that "it would be possible to reach an agreement at first reading on the proposal for a Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings."
Report with proposed amendments (subsequently agreed during "informal" meetings between Council, Commission and parliament) as well as the position of Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI).