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B-Brussels: study on criminal sanction legislation and practice in representative Member States


Contract notice

2012/S 15-022814


Questions and answers

Question 1

What does the European Commission mean exactly when saying “offences must have significant practical relevance in the practice of prosecutors and courts”?

Answer 1

The Commission would like to see offences covered which are of high practical relevance, where a significant or large number of cases is prosecuted and adjudicated in the Member States. E.g. choosing terrorism as a sample offence would not be very useful because there are few offences prosecuted in court and therefore the conclusions that can be drawn from statistics are limited