On 10 June, in cooperation with Eurojust, the Greek Presidency organised a strategic seminar on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) in The Hague. This meeting was combined with a meeting of the Consultative Forum of Prosecutors General and Directors of Public Prosecutions of the Member States of the European Union (Consultative Forum) convened by the Office of the Prosecutor General of Greece and supported by Eurojust. This setting brought together a wide range of experts and high-level representatives of national prosecution authorities as well as representatives from the EU institutions, including the European Court of justice.
The goal of the strategic seminar was to encourage judicial practitioners to exchange views on the practical operation and functioning of the EAW. Reflections focused on legal and practical shortcomings and possible solutions leading to progress in the effective application of EAWs.
The following topics were discussed in the form of workshops: (1) scope and content of the Framework Decision EAW; (2) grounds for non-recognition and guarantees; (3) surrender procedure; (4) effects of the surrender.
The outcome of the four workshops was presented on 11 June to the Consultative Forum. Following the debate on the EAW, Consultative Forum members discussed challenges and best practice in the investigation and prosecution of corruption cases and the recommendations of the EU’s first Anti-Corruption Report. A discussion paper containing a number of questions was circulated to the participants prior to the meeting to stimulate the debate. The final session of the meeting was dedicated to recent EU legislative developments, including the application of Protocol 36 to the Treaties, the state of play of the Regulations on Eurojust and the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).
You can read more about the Consultative Forum on our website where the conclusions endorsed by the Consultative Forum will be made available soon.
The next meeting of the Consultative Forum will take place in December 2014 under the Italian Presidency.