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Justice in Europe – this is what the EU should prioritise

admin - April 18, 2019 - Justicia, EU Directives on procedural rights, European Commission

 

2019 is a big year for the EU with European Parliament elections next month and the appointment of a new Commission later in the year. It is also taking place in a challenging political climate in Europe. The shared values that underpin the EU face unprecedented threat from populist, nationalist and anti-minority movements. The rule of law is in crisis in some Member States, notably Poland and Hungary. Governments are strangling independent civil society and free speech to prevent independent critique of and opposition to policies that violate human rights and the rule of law. The austerity agenda has starved investment in fair and effective criminal justice.

Despite the significant progress that has been made since the Lisbon Treaty and later with the six procedural rights Directives, it is essential that the EU institutions respond to these threats. Fair Trials, together with our Legal Experts Advisory Panel (LEAP) and it’s JUSTICIA network of criminal justice CSOs, we have identified a few future priorities for EU criminal justice.

We want to see the following as priorities for the Commission and Parliament:

  1. Effective implementation of the EU laws that have been introduced;
  2. New legislation to finish what was started with the original roadmap;
  3. The tackling of emerging issues and long-standing challenges like discrimination and trial waivers; and
  4. An increase in the Commission’s capacity, to help the above become a reality.

The EU should engage civil society more actively in its work to secure justice in Europe – a task where JUSTICIA is ready to help with. 

Read the full statement here and a more detailed version of it here.  

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please telephone Fair Trials’ press department on +44 (0) 20 7822 2370 or +32 (0) 2 360 04 71.

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