Victims’ Rights

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Future EU Criminal Justice Reform

Future EU Criminal Justice Reform


Official Documents

This section contains EU and Member State documents dealing with the development of justice policy and legislation under the 'post-Stockholm' programme.

Council, 24 September 2014: Strategic Seminar "The European Arrest Warrant: Which Way Forward" and 7th Meeting of the Consultative Forum

"The Strategic Seminar "The European Arrest Warrant: Which Way Forward?", organised by Eurojust in cooperation with the Hellenic Presidency of the EU... [aimed] to encourage judicial practitioners to exchange views on problems and best practices associated with the operation of the European Arrest Warrant..."

  • Author: Eurojust
  • Document Number: 13581/14
  • Document Date: Wed, September 24, 2014
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Council, 27 June 2014: EUROPEAN COUNCIL 26/27 JUNE 2014 - CONCLUSIONS

"The European Council defined the strategic guidelines for legislative and operational planning for the coming years within the area of freedom, security and justice..."

  • Author: European Council
  • Document Number: EUCO 79/14
  • Document Date: Fri, June 27, 2014
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Council, 20 May 2014: Issues of proportionality and fundamental rights in the context of the operation of the European Arrest Warrant

"On a proposal from the Austrian delegation at its last meeting of 13 December 2013 dedicated to the European Arrest Warrant and other instruments of mutual recognition (see Annex I), the COPEN Working Party decided to discuss the outcome of work underway at the time within the European Parliament and focusing on issues related to proportionality and fundamental rights in the context of the operation of the European Arrest Warrant."

  • Author: Presidency
  • Document Number: 9968/14
  • Document Date: Tue, May 20, 2014
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Commission, 11 March 2014: Annexes to the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: A new EU Framework to strengthen the Rule of Law

Contains Annex I: The Rule of law as a foundational principle of the Union and Annex II: A rule of law framework for the European Union

  • Author: European Commission
  • Document Number: COM(2014) 158 final ANNEXES
  • Document Date: Tue, March 11, 2014
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Commission, 11 March 2014: Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: A new EU Framework to strengthen the Rule of Law

"The different constitutions and judicial systems of the EU Member States are, in principle, well designed and equipped to protect citizens against any threat to the rule of law. However, recent events in some Member States have demonstrated that a lack of respect for the rule of law and, as a consequence, also for the fundamental values which the rule of law aims to protect, can become a matter of serious concern. During these events, there has been a clear request from the public at large for the EU, and notably for the Commission, to take action. Results have been achieved. However, the Commission and the EU had to find ad hoc solutions since current EU mechanisms and procedures have not always been appropriate in ensuring an effective and timely response to threats to the rule of law."

  • Author: European Commission
  • Document Number: COM(2014) 158 final
  • Document Date: Tue, March 11, 2014
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Commission Staff Working Document accompanying the document: An open and secure Europe: making it happen

  • Author: European Commission
  • Document Number: SWD(2014) 63 final
  • Document Date: Tue, March 11, 2014
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Commission, 11 March 2014: Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: An open and secure Europe: making it happen

  • Author: European Commission
  • Document Number: COM(2014) 154 final
  • Document Date: Tue, March 11, 2014
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Commission, 11 March 2014: Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: The EU Justice Agenda for 2020 - Strengthening Trust, Mobility and Growth within the Union

"This Communication sets out the political priorities that should be pursued in order to make further progress towards a fully functioning common European area of justice oriented towards trust, mobility and growth by 2020."

  • Author: European Commission
  • Document Number: COM(2014 144 final
  • Document Date: Tue, March 11, 2014
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Council, 10 March 2014: The JHA Agencies Contribution on the new multiannual Justice and Home Affairs Programme

"n addition to the individual contributions made to the debate regarding specific thematic priorities, the JHA Agencies have agreed on a common contribution concerning the new multiannual JHA Programme, which I have the pleasure to present herewith."

  • Author: JHA Agencies
  • Document Number: 7313/14
  • Document Date: Mon, March 10, 2014
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Information Note [on future development of Home Affairs and Justice]

Discusses future priorities for both Home Affairs and Justice.

  • Author: Cecilia Malmström
  • Document Number: [no number]
  • Document Date: Sat, March 01, 2014
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