European integration brings about new challenges to national justice systems: businesses are operating in several Member States; EU citizens are frequently on the move, the number of binational couples increases, etc. At the same time, effective criminal law enforcement within the EU requires tools which function well across borders. What can the EU do to help national justice systems to function better in a borderless Union?
During the conference, three panels reflected on new instruments that would further enhance mutual trust and allow the development of the European area of Justice in the years to come, including the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's Office. To allow for in-depth discussion and concrete new ideas for the work ahead, the panels focused successively on criminal law, civil and commercial law and administrative law.
Discussion papers on these topics were prepared to stimulate the debate: