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


Period of consultation

  • Opening date: 11 June 2011
  • Closing date: 30 November 2011

Target group(s)

The Commission hopes that this Green Paper reaches a wide audience and stimulates interest in many quarters. The Green Paper contains 10 questions, and the Commission is interested in receiving feedback, comments and replies from practitioners, such as judges, prosecutors and lawyers and other legal practitioners, police officers, directors of prison administrations, people working in the social and probation services, pre-trial detention centres and prisons, academic circles, relevant NGOs and government bodies. In short, all persons and entities with an interest in DG Justice's activities are welcome to contribute, including other European institutions, such as the Council of Europe, agencies and committees and the United Nations.

Objective of consultation

The Commission wishes to explore the extent to which detention issues (following a criminal offence) impact on mutual trust, and consequently on mutual recognition and judicial cooperation generally within the European Union. Whilst detention conditions and prison management are the responsibility of Member States, the Commission is interested in this issue because of the central importance of the principle of mutual recognition of judicial decisions for the area of freedom, security and justice. Is further action necessary and possible? If yes, what kind of action?

How to submit your contribution

Responses should be sent, by 30 November 2011, to:

European Commission, Director-General Justice, Unit B1, Procedural Criminal Law, MO59 03/068, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium or by e-mail to:

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement in the Green Paper for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

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Green Paper

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Contact details

Responsible service:

Directorate-General Justice
Postal address:

European Commission
Directorate-General Justice
B - 1049 Brussels

Summary report of the contributions

Analysis of the repliespdf(226 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  to the Green Paper on the application of EU criminal justice legislation in the field of detention.

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