Agreement between the European Union and Japan on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters

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Monday, February 1, 2010
Michael Plachta
At its 2979th meeting, held in Brussels on 30 November and 1 December, 2009, the Council of the European Union – Justice and Home Affairs approved and adopted a decision on an agreement between the EU and Japan on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. It is the first such agreement between the two parties providing a solid basis for mutual legal assistance between all 27 Member States and Japan, while at the same time ensuring respect for the fundamental values of the EU. Hitherto, no Member State had any bilateral mutual legal assistance treaty with Japan. This agreement does not apply to extradition, transfer of proceedings in criminal matters and enforcement of sentences other than confiscation provided for under Article 25.