European Parliament Proposes to Strengthen Fundamental Rights of Defendants and Witnesses in Proposed EU Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (VA)

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Saturday, April 1, 2000
On January 31, 2000, the European Parliament issued a report on the draft Council Act establishing the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European, in which it made several important suggestions on policy matters. Since the first half of 1996, the European Council has tried to provide the EU Member States with a new instrument for judicial cooperation in criminal matters. The Council is required to consult with the European Parliament under Article 39(1) and 34(2)(b), (c) and (d) of the Treaty on European Union, before adopting the new Act implementing the proposed Convention. The European Parliament criticized the Council for allowing it only three months to provide its recommendations, which is the minimum time under the Treaty for which it must allow the EP time to review and approve such instruments…[more]