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12-03-2014

European Public Prosecutor's Office: European Parliament confirms its support

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The European Parliament has today confirmed its support to the Commission’s proposal for a European Public Prosecutor’s Office to protect taxpayers’ money throughout the EU (IP/13/709).

21-02-2014

European Day for victims of crime: Commission takes action to make improved victims’ rights a reality

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Commission Press release Brussels, 21 February 2014 European Ahead of tomorrow’s European Day for victims of crime (22 February), the European Commission is taking action to make sure that victims of crime can rely on their rights under EU law in practice.
20-02-2014

Vice-President Reding and Commissioner Šemeta welcome agreement to protect euro from counterfeiting

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 February 2014 The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached last night on the proposal to better protect the euro from counterfeiting through EU-wide criminal law measures.
19-02-2014

Vice-President Reding and Commissioner Šemeta welcome agreement to protect euro from counterfeiting

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 February 2014 The European Commission has welcomed today's political agreement on the proposal to better protect the euro from counterfeiting through EU-wide criminal law measures. The agreement follows two so-called trilogue meetings between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
05-02-2014

Report: Fewer than half of EU Member States have implemented common rules on detention

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Common rules on matters related to detention, adopted unanimously by Member States, have been implemented only in around half of the EU's 28 countries, according to a new European Commission report released today.

04-02-2014

Directive on criminal sanctions for market abuse – Frequently Asked Questions

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 4 February 2014 1. Why are criminal sanctions needed for market abuse? In recent years financial markets have become increasingly global, giving rise to new trading platforms and technologies. This unfortunately has also led to new possibilities to manipulate these markets.
04-02-2014

Statement by Vice-President Reding and Commissioner Barnier on European Parliament's vote to approve criminal sanctions for market abuse directive

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European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 4 February 2014 The European Commission has welcomed today's vote by the European Parliament's plenary to approve the Commission's proposal for a Directive on criminal sanctions for market abuse (IP/11/1218).
09-01-2014

Leading Parliamentary Committee backs criminal sanctions for market abuse

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 9 January 2014 The leading committee of the European Parliament for Economic matters has today given its support to a European Commission proposal for criminal sanctions to tackle the abuse and manipulation of financial markets (IP/11/1218).
28-11-2013

Speech - Legal training: an essential tool for European Judicial excellence

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech - Workshop on the training of legal practitioners – Teaching EU law and judgecraft/Brussels 28 November 2013 Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be here.
27-11-2013

The Right to… - a Fair Trial! Commission wants more safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 27 November 2013 The European Commission has today presented a package of proposals to further strengthen procedural safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings. The aim is to guarantee fair trial rights for all citizens, wherever they are in the European Union.
27-11-2013

Frequently Asked Questions: Fair Trial Rights

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 November 2013 What is the European Commission proposing? The Commission is proposing three directives: (1) on the respect for the presumption of innocence and the right to be present at trial; (2) to make sure children involved in criminal proceedings have special safeguards; and (3)...
22-11-2013

Speech - Mapping the road towards a true European Area of Justice

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Speech - Assises de la Justice/Brussels 22 November 2013 Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me start by thanking you. Your ideas and your enthusiasm have turned this conference into a lively, thought-provoking discussion.
21-11-2013

Building Trust in Justice Systems in Europe: 'Assises de la Justice' forum to shape the future of EU Justice Policy

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European Commission Press Release Brussels, 21 November 2013 What will EU justice policy look like in 2020? This is the theme of a major conference starting today – the 'Assises de la Justice' ‑ hosted by the European Commission on 21-22 November in Brussels.
12-11-2013

Believing in people: Balancing the scales in European Criminal Law

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Conference on the European Criminal Policy Initiative, organised by the Law Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich /Brussels 12 November 2013 Main Messages "Before the Treaty of Lisbon, EU criminal law was a piece-meal affair.
05-11-2013

Protecting taxpayers' money: European Parliament committee endorses Commission proposal to fight fraud against the EU budget

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 5 November 2013 The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) backed today with a large majority (19 votes for, 1 against and 0 abstentions) the European Commission's proposal for a Directive on the protection of the EU's financial interests (IP/12/767).
17-07-2013

Protecting taxpayers’ money against fraud: Commission proposes European Public Prosecutor's Office and reinforces OLAF procedural guarantees

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European Commission Press Release Brussels, 17 July 2013 Today, the European Commission is taking action to improve Union-wide prosecution of criminals who defraud EU taxpayers by establishing a European Public Prosecutor's Office.
17-07-2013

Every euro counts - Frequently Asked Questions on the European Public Prosecutor’s Office

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 July 2013 What is the European Public Prosecutor’s Office? The European Public Prosecutor’s Office will be a decentralised prosecution office of the European Union with exclusive competence for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment crimes against the EU budget.
17-07-2013

Establishing a European Public Prosecutor's Office – A federal budget needs federal protection

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Press Conference/Brussels 17 July 2013 1. Delivering on our commitments Today we deliver on a commitment. A commitment – that Algirdas and I first made at our hearing before the Parliament in January 2010 – to make...
17-07-2013

Commission proposes European Public Prosecutor's Office and reform of Eurojust to protect the financial interests of the EU

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Today, the European Commission is taking action to improve Union-wide prosecution of criminals who defraud EU taxpayers by establishing a European Public Prosecutor's Office. Its exclusive task will be to investigate and prosecute and, where relevant, bring to judgement – in the Member States' courts - crimes affecting the EU budget. The European Public Prosecutor's Office will be an independent institution, subject to democratic oversight.

In parallel to the creation of the European Public Prosecutor's Office, the Commission is proposing a reform of the European Union’s Agency for criminal justice cooperation (Eurojust) and presenting a Communication on the governance of the EU Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

19-06-2013

Another piece of the procedural rights puzzle to fall into place: Parliamentary committee votes to back Commission proposal on access to a lawyer

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 June 2013 A new law to guarantee the rights of all citizens to be advised by a lawyer when facing criminal proceedings in the European Union moved a step closer to adoption today after a vote by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home...
28-05-2013

Commission welcomes breakthrough on its proposal to guarantee citizens’ rights to access a lawyer and on the right to communicate upon arrest

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European MEMO Brussels, 28 May 2013 Commission A European Commission proposal to guarantee the rights of all citizens to be advised by a lawyer when facing criminal proceedings moved a step closer to agreement today, after a breakthrough in negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
10-04-2013

Conference on Stimulating European Judicial Training 10.4.2013

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This by-invitation-only conference will examine the Commission’s proposals for expanded judicial training facilities and for monitoring progress.

20-03-2013

Speech: Strengthening the basis for EU criminal law and judicial cooperation

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Commissioner for Justice Speech: CRIM Special Committee, European Parliament/Brussels 19 March 2013 Honourable Members, Ladies and Gentlemen; A new criminal landscape is emerging in Europe.
04-03-2013

Survey study PoI

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The European Commission is carrying out a study to assess the impact of various ways to strengthen the right of suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings to be presumed innocent.

19-02-2013

Commission proposal to protect victims of domestic violence EU-wide will become law

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European MEMO Brussels, 19 February 2013 Commission Victims of violence, in particular domestic violence, will be able to count on EU-wide protection. Today, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers reached a political agreement in principle on a proposal by the European Commission for an EU-wide protection order.
05-02-2013

Proposal to protect the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting

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European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 5 February 2013 Questions and Answers: Why do we need to protect the euro and other currencies? Counterfeiting of the euro and other currencies remains a concern throughout the European Union. The euro is particularly susceptible to counterfeiting on a transnational scale.
13-11-2012

Putting victims first: New rules on victims' rights to become law

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 13 November 2012 A new European law to improve rights for an estimated 75 million crime victims across the European Union each year will be published in the Official Journal – the EU's statute book – tomorrow.
25-10-2012

Summary of replies to the Green Paper on detention

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Strengthening mutual trust in the European judicial area - A Green Paper on the application of EU criminal justice legislation in the field of detention.

The summary of replies has been published.

04-10-2012

Putting victims first: New European law improving rights for victims of crime has been adopted

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European Commission Press release Luxembourg, 4 October 2012 European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, today welcomed the final adoption of a new European law which will improve rights for an estimated 75 million crime victims across the EU each year.
12-09-2012

Putting Victims first: Commission welcomes European Parliament vote to improve rights for 75 million crime victims

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European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 12 September 2012 European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, today welcomed a vote by the European Parliament to back a new law improving rights for crime victims across the EU.
12-09-2012

Euronews: Crime victims - the lonely struggle

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The Euronews episode of Right On focuses on victims' rights in the EU: Efforts are underway in Europe to make sure that victims do not also become victims of the system.

25-07-2012

Libor scandal: Commission proposes EU-wide action to fight rate-fixing

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 July 2012 In the recent LIBOR scandal, serious concerns have been raised about false submissions of banks' estimated interbank lending rates. Any actual or attempted manipulation of such key benchmarks can have a serious impact on market integrity, and could result in significant losses...
25-07-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Amended Proposal for a Directive on Criminal Sanctions for Insider Dealing and Market Manipulation Joint ...

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European Commission Background LIBOR scandal: why are we acting? These days we are again dealing with the effects of potentially criminal misconduct in the financial markets. This time it is about interest rate-rigging by banks.
11-07-2012

Protecting taxpayers' money: Commission proposes to strengthen use of criminal law against fraudsters

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 July 2012 Misuse of EU funds for criminal purposes puts the EU's objectives of generating jobs and growth and improving living conditions at stake. With public finances under pressure throughout the EU, every euro counts.
11-07-2012

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Protecting the EU's financial interests through criminal law Reding – Šemeta press conference/Brussels...

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European Commission Today I am here with my colleague Algirdas, the EU’s anti-fraud Commissioner, to present the new EU rules that the Commission has just adopted to better equip us to fight against fraud damaging the EU budget.
11-07-2012

EU criminal law will protect taxpayers’ money against fraudsters

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Criminal misuse of EU funds puts the EU's objectives of growth and jobs at stake. Throughout the EU, every euro counts. Proposed new rules will fight fraud against the EU budget by means of criminal law to better safeguard taxpayers' money.

10-07-2012

Victims' rights: EU Justice Commissioner Reding welcomes double vote of support from European Parliamentarians

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 July 2012 European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, today welcomed a vote by two European Parliament committees which supports the Commission's proposals to improve rights for crime victims throughout Europe.
19-06-2012

Developing a coherent EU Criminal Policy in line with Fundamental Rights: Commission gathers high-level experts

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 June 2012 Today, Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, opened the inaugural meeting of the expert group on EU criminal policy. Twenty high-level legal experts, academics and practitioners, are meeting to discuss and advise the European Commission on key questions of EU criminal...
07-06-2012

EU-wide right to information at arrest is now law

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 June 2012 "You have the right to… - a Letter of Rights". A new law to ensure defendants' right to information during criminal proceedings throughout the European Union has been published in the Official Journal – the EU's statute book.
16-11-2011

Supporting victims of crime. Play video

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75 million Europeans each year become victims of crime. The European Union is guaranteeing their right to support, protection and access to justice. Wherever you are in the EU. Also, 8 million Europeans a year are accused or suspected of a crime. The EU is defending their rights to a fair trial: guaranteeing the right to information, translation and interpretation, access to a lawyer, and to contact their family and consulate when in another EU country.

16-11-2011

Fair trial rights: EU governments agree on the right to information in criminal proceedings

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European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 November 2011 – EU Member State representatives today agreed on a draft law that will ensure defendants’ right to information in criminal proceedings wherever they are in the EU.
15-11-2011

Commission strengthens the justice and fundamental rights dimension of future EU budgets

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European - Press release Commission Brussels, 15 November 2011 – People in Europe need to feel at ease when they live, travel, or shop in a Member State other than their own. They should be able to rely on access to justice no matter where they are in the EU.
20-10-2011

Criminal sanctions for insider dealing and market abuse

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Investors who trade on inside information and manipulate markets by spreading false information or rumours may face sanctions under proposed EU-wide rules.

20-09-2011

Towards a reasonable use of criminal law to better enforce EU rules and help protect taxpayers' money

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European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 September 2011 – Fighting crime is a priority for Europeans (see Annex). Citizens expect that criminals cannot hide behind borders or exploit differences between national legal systems. At the same time, criminal law is still a relatively young field at EU level.
08-09-2011

Victims' rights factsheets

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Throughout the EU, more than 75 million people are victims of serious crime every year. The following factsheets provide guidance for victims to safeguard their rights.

16-06-2011

Environmental crimes: Commission asks 12 Member States to implement EU rules

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European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 - The European Commission has given 13 Member States two months to transpose EU rules laying down criminal penalties against sea pollution and other environmental offences.
14-06-2011

European Commission seeks views on detention in the EU's area of justice

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- Press release European Commission Brussels, 14 June 2011 – Europeans must have confidence that they will be treated to similar standards of protection no matter where they are in the European Union. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding presented a Green Paper today asking 10 questions on how to strengthen...
09-06-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Putting Victims first – Better protection and support for victims of crime Conference "Victims of Crime...

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Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to be with you today to discuss victims rights. First of all, I want to thank the European Law Academy – ERA for organising this conference. I very much appreciate the central role of ERA in promoting knowledge and training on EU...
08-06-2011

European Commission to guarantee suspects’ rights to speak with a lawyer, inform family of arrest

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- Press release European Commission Brussels, 8 June 2011 – A 22-year-old man went on holiday abroad to attend a football match. Following the game, he went to a bar with his friends. A riot broke out and he was arrested.
01-06-2011

European Commission welcomes foundation of the European Law Institute

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- Press release European Commission Paris, 1 June 2011 – Viviane Reding, the European Union’s Justice Commissioner, marked the foundation of the European Law Institute as an important contributor to the EU’s wider goal of building a European area of justice.
23-05-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Moving Justice centre-stage Plenary session of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) Lux...

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Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure for me to be taking part in your plenary this morning. I am conscious that I am the first Commissioner with dedicated responsibilities for the Justice portfolio. That brings with it the need to understand the concerns of the legal profession.
19-05-2011

Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Ensuring better protection of crime victims Press Conference Brussels, 18 May 2011

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Any one of us can fall victim to a crime, be it at home, be it abroad. Just imagine that you walk out of your home, you go to the cinema, and you are attacked by two people. You are knocked down, punched in the face, they grab your wallet,...
18-05-2011

European Commission ensures better protection of crime victims

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Brussels, 18 May 2011 A tourist from Poland is mugged and badly injured while visiting Paris. An Italian teenager is attacked outside a metro station in Helsinki. Throughout the EU, an estimated 75 million people may be victims of crime every year.
18-05-2011

Victims' rights: Frequently asked questions

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Brussels, 18 May 2011 How many people are victims of crime in the EU? Crime can affect us all. In fact, many millions of people in the European Union fall victim to crime every year. According to Eurostat data, around 30 million criminal offences against persons or property, excluding minor...
03-12-2010

Fair trial rights: EU governments endorse law ensuring suspects’ right to information in criminal proceedings

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IP/10/01/1652 Brussels, 3 December 2010 EU Member States today backed a draft law that ensures defendants’ right to information in criminal proceedings just four months after the Commission’s proposal (see IP/10/989). Suspects of a criminal offence will have to be informed of their rights in a language they understand.
15-07-2010

EU launches public consultation on improving rights of victims of crime and violence

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Brussels, 15 July 2010 About 30 million serious crimes in the EU are reported annually. The EU supports cooperation to bring criminals to justice, but what happens to the millions of crime victims? Their devastating experience can be made worse by a difficult investigation or trial, an invasion of their...
16-06-2010

Procedural rights: European Parliament fully backs EU proposal for stronger rights in criminal proceedings

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Brussels, 16 June 2010 European Union plans for rules ensuring translation and interpretation rights in criminal proceedings are one step closer to taking effect following approval by the European Parliament today. The Parliament voted with an overwhelming majority in favour of a strong draft law agreed during negotiations between the...
09-03-2010

European Commission acts to ensure fair trial rights in the EU

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Brussels, 9 March 2010 From the Italian tourist involved in a traffic accident in Sweden who was not allowed to talk to an Italian-speaking lawyer during trial to the Polish suspect who could not see written translations of evidence used against him in a French court – unexpected barriers can...
09-03-2010

Right to interpretation and to translation in criminal proceedings – frequently asked questions

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Brussels, 9 March 2010 1. What is the issue at stake? More and more Europeans travel, study and work outside their home country. 1 European Union citizens are entitled to "move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States," according to the EU Treaties.