Justice and Home Affairs Council: extracts from the press conference (justice)
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
End production: 14/12/2011 First transmission: 14/12/2011
At a press conference today in Brussels, the Polish Presidency of the European Union announced that the European Ministers in charge of Justice agreed on a general approach regarding a directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.
The Council also reached a general approach on a European investigation order on criminal matters.
On the recast of a regulation on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (the so-called "Brussels I" regulation), they approved political guidelines for further works concerning the abolition of exequatur in the European Union.
Ministers were also briefed by the Presidency on the state-of-play concerning a proposal for a regulation on the Common European Sales Law and took note of a progress report on a directive on the right of access to a lawyer and on the right to communicate upon arrest.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference room
||SOUNDBITE (Polish) by Igor Dzialuk, polish Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, on the European investigation order for criminal matters, saying that this is an instrument which is targeted for practitioners and is designed to replace the whole system of convention-based instruments connected with legal aid in criminal matters. There was a general agreement on the enforcement in one Member State of a decision that was passed on in another Member State.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, on the directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, saying that (the text) will protect the basic needs of the victims wherever they are in Europe. The support will be psychological, financial, emotional, and legal. Regardless of where the European citizens are, there will be minimum standards laid down for their protection during the investigation during the trial. This is important for vulnerable victims who will need special attention like children or women victims of domestic violence. The objective is to have a basic rights' system all over Europe.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Viviane Reding on the political guidelines concerning the abolition of exequatur, saying that this is a question of justice for growth in order to make the Internal Market more utilisable by the European companies, and eliminate all the time consuming and costly procedures. Only ¼ of SMEs do cross-border business. This represents a huge loss of revenues because the Single Market is blocked with all the old-fashioned rules. Good step was done today with the approval of the political guidelines. This means a potential saving of 48 million € a year. This is money which does not need to be spent in these times of crisis on something superfluous.