EU Justice and Home Affairs Council Continues Progress on Criminal Cooperation

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Saturday, January 1, 2000
Bruce Zagaris
On December 2, 1999, the Justice and Home Affairs Council held its 2229th meeting, signaling continuing progress on criminal cooperation. The Council achieved progress on the draft Convention on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, with a view to reaching final agreement on the Convention at its March session, once the opinion of the European Parliament has been delivered and examined. The draft Convention will supplement the 1959 Council of Europe Convention on mutual legal assistance, as well as the pertinent provisions of the 1962 Benelux Treaty. Its application would improve significantly mutual legal assistance in the EU by expediting procedures and providing new harmonized investigation tools in this area such as hearings by video conference, interception, controlled deliveries, joint investigation teams, etc…[more]