Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)

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Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) the essential role of the public prosecutor in the criminal justice system of a State governed by the Rule of Law, the Committee of Ministers decided in July 2005 to institutionalise the yearly Conference of Prosecutors General of Europe (CPCE) through the creation of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE).

This consultative body to the Committee of Ministers composed of high level prosecutors of all member States has in particular the task to prepare opinions for the Committee of Ministers on issues related to the prosecution service, to promote the implementation of Recommendation Rec(2000)19, and to collect information about the functioning of prosecution services in Europe.

News... (25/11/2015)

The Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) publishes a Declaration on the fight against terrorism

CCPE Declaration on the fight against terrorism

The CCPE adopted its opinion on the role of prosecutors in criminal investigations at its plenary meeting in Strasbourg on 19 and 20 November 2015

The 10th plenary meeting of the CCPE plenary took place in Strasbourg on 19 and 20 November 2015. On this occasion, the Council adopted its opinion No. 10 on the role of prosecutors in criminal investigations. The CCPE also reelected its President, Mr Cdric Visart de Bocarme (Belgium) and its Vice-President, Ms Alessandra GIRALDI (Denmark). Furthermore, on the preceding day there has been a meeting of the Task Force of the members of CCPE and CCJE, which are entrusted by the Secretary General to draft a comprehensive review of the main challenges for judicial impartiality and independence in member states. The CCPE members also participated to the World Forum on Democracy during the morning of 19 November 2015. The final version of Opinion No. 10 will be published soon.
Meeting report

The Republic of Kazakhstan has been granted the observer status with the CCPE

At its 1235th meeting (September 2015), the Committee of Minister decided to reply favourably to the request of Kazakhstan, by granting the country the observer status with the CCPE. 

The Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) makes public its declaration on communications relating to the functioning of the prosecution service in Turkey

Response by the Turkish authorities 

Opinion No. 9 of the CCPE recognised as a model of standards concerning prosecution services in a democratic society

By adopting the Sopot Declaration on 15 May 2015, the European Public Prosecutors Office (EPPO) recalled that Opinion No. 9 of the CCPE on European norms and principles concerning prosecutors (Rome Charter) serves as model of standards of democratic prosecution services to be integrated in the draft EPPO Regulation: Opinion No. 9 takes into consideration the vary of the European models of prosecution offices. It recognizes the principles of independence and hierarchy that are fundamental
Sopot declaration

Reference documents

2016 Calendar

2014-2015 Terms of reference

Action plan


European Court of Human Rights

Case Moulin v. France
(Application No. 37104/06, Judgement of 23/11/2010 - in French)
The decision, which was long awaited, is historic and may have important consequences on the architecture of the French justice system: in France, prosecutors, being independent neither of the executive nor of the parties to the proceedings, are not judicial authorities.

  The press

Prosecutors and Judges are claiming for the independence of the public prosecutor's office (Le Monde, 20/11/2009) (in French)

  the conferences

Conference: The organizational statute of the Public Prosecution in Europe and the relationship with the investigatory structures

Rome (Italy), 15 December 2014


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