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The Commission presented a proposal in November 2013. It “aims to set minimum standards throughout the European Union on the right of children who are suspected or accused in criminal proceedings and of children subject to… European arrest warrant proceedings.” The proposal only covers children “due to the lack of a common definition of vulnerable adult persons and with a view to considerations linked to the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality.” A Commission Recommendation (non-binding) has been adopted in this regard, “calling upon Member States to put in place a number of safeguards for vulnerable persons.”
Legislation will be adopted after the completion of negotiations between the Council and the Parliament. Background documentation can be found in the official documents section.
The Commission's proposal was issued on 27 November 2013. The Council reached its "general approach" (negotiating position) in July 2014, and the Parliament's civil liberties committee in February 2015. Secret trilogue negotiations between the Council, Parliament and Commission are close to completion, with the full Parliament (plenary session) expected to vote on a final text in March 2016.
This section contains publications by the JUSTICIA European Rights Network on vulnerable suspected and accused persons in the European Union.