Justice and Home Affairs Council: extracts from the joint press conference by Rachida Dati, French Minister for Justice and President in office of the Council and Jacques Barrot
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 24/10/2008 First transmission: 24/10/2008
EU Ministers for Justice have reached an agreed on the regulation for maintenance or spousal support obligations designed to simplify collection and make life easier for European citizens. Rachida Dati, French Minister for Justice and President in office of the Council, explained that, for example, a sentence which is delivered in Spain will be directly applicable in France without having recourse to complicated legal procedures. "This can be done now very quickly and very efficiently, to the benefit of the children involved on those cases", she added.
There was also a political agreement on the establishment of a European Criminal Record Information System, which would be indispensable for the effective interconnection on the criminal records of the 27 Member States. Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, explained that the EC is going to provide the software for the interconnection and will work of a procedural manual with technical specifications. He added that there will be a budget of 12 million euros available to Member States to modernise criminal records.
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||General view of the press conference room
||Rachida Dati, French Minister for Justice and President in office of the Council of the EU, saying (in FRENCH) on maintenance, that it will allow to claim maintenance directly; for example, a sentence which is delivered in Spain will be directly applicable in France without having recourse to complicated legal procedures; this can be done very quickly and very efficiently, to the benefit of the children involved on those cases.
||Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, saying (in FRENCH) that the applicable law would be the law applicable in the country where the children or the wife resides; we have an applicable law that is the law of the states where they usually live; there will be direct execution and this will be very important for child concerned.
||Rachida Dati saying (in FRENCH) that it facilitates the exchange of criminal records; if you take the example of paedophiles or rapists and that someone has been found guilty in a European country and is wanted in another country, then you can have the information about the offences that were perpetrated in the origin country straight away.
||Jacques Barrot saying (in FRENCH) that the Commission is going to be providing software for the interconnection because this has to be put into operation; there is also a proposal for a future procedural manual and for new technical specifications; in financial terms, in 2007, the EC provided 9 million euros to modernise criminal records and in 2008, it will increase that figure to 12 million euros, money available to Member States to modernise criminal records.