Today's Justice Council: A good day for citizens and a good day for growth!
Vice President Viviane Reding welcomed significant progress achieved at the Justice Council on 8th June that will deliver concrete benefits to citizens and businesses in the European Union. With a favourable majority for an optional Common European Sales law, the right to access to lawyer as well as the entry into force of an EU-wide right to information at arrest and soon to come rules easing legal burden for cross-border successions, today's developments are a quantum leap in creating a truly European area of Justice that works for citizens and supports economic growth.
A tangible improvement for citizens all across Europe has just become law: citizens who find themselves caught up in criminal proceedings when abroad will have extra protection in the form of a legally guaranteed Letter of Rights. This will list their basic rights during criminal proceedings in a language they can understand.
Citizens can also look forward to fewer legal complications around cross-border successions – the process of resolving property belonging to a deceased family member – now that the Council of Justice Ministers has given its final backing to the Successions Regulation.
There is good news for businesses too as the Commission's proposal for an optional Common European Sales law now has majority backing in the Council, thanks to its importance for growth and the internal market.
The Council also achieved a breakthrough on the reform of the ‘Brussels I’ Regulation of 2001 scrapping administrative costs and procedures for getting a court judgement recognised in another Member State. The Council is expected to agree on a general approach.
"Today's Council marked significant progress for Europe's citizens and for our internal market," said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner.
For more details and the full agenda, please see the press release on the Council meeting.