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Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)

www.coe.int/ccpeRecognising 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... (20/05/2015)


17th meeting of the CCPE working group entrusted with the drafting of Opinion No. 10 on the action of prosecutors within the framework of criminal investigation

The 17th meeting of the CCPE working group entrusted with the drawing up of Opinion No. 10 on the action of prosecutors within the framework of criminal investigation will take place in Paris, on 25 and 26 June 2015. The members of the group will examine the synthesis of the replies to the questionnaire previously addressed to the member States and the contributions of the members of the group before drafting Opinion No. 10. The Bureau of the CCPE will hold its meeting on 24 June 2015, prior to the meeting of the working group.
Draft agenda of the Working group meeting
Draft agenda of the Bureau meeting

The CCPE working group hold its meeting in Strasbourg on 12 and 13 March 2015

The 16th meeting of the CCPE working group in charge of drawing up Opinion No. 10 (2015) on relations between prosecutors and investigation services took place in Strasbourg on 12 and 13 March 2015. A questionnaire has been sent to all CCPE members in order to assess the situation in the field of relations between prosecutors and investigation services in the member States. During its meeting, the working group prepared a detailed structure of its Opinion.
Agenda

The Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) of the Council of Europe adopts the Rome Charter

During its plenary meeting in Rome on 16 and 17 December 2014, the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) adopted a document on European norms and principles concerning prosecutors, also called the Rome Charter. This Charter is a reference document on European norms and principles concerning public prosecutors in the Council of Europe member States for ensuring independence and autonomy of prosecutors, and for verifying if Recommendation Rec(2000)19 on the role of public prosecution in the criminal justice systems should be updated. The Rome Charter contains twenty principles incorporating all aspects concerning the status, tasks and operations of the public prosecution in the strict respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms: the prosecutors respect of the Rule of Law, independence, autonomy, transparency in their actions, their careers, professional ethics, the handling of proof of evidence, the means put at their disposal, etc. This document is aimed for state institutions and for judicial, executive and legislative powers, as well as practitioners and researchers. The Organisations member States are invited to widely disseminate the Charter.
Opinion No. 9 : European norms and principles concerning prosecutors ("Rome Charter")

Plenary meeting of the CCPE

The 9th CCPE plenary meeting took place in Rome, on the invitation of the Italian High Council of the Judiciary. During this meeting, the CCPE adopted Opinion No. 9 : European norms and principles concerning prosecutors ("Rome Charter"). The aim of this document is to put at the disposal of the European prosecutors and stakeholders a kind of Charter for prosecutors, containing both the main principles providing guidance for their actions, nearly 15 years after the adoption of Recommendation No. (2000)19 on the role of public prosecution in the criminal justice system. Before the plenary meeting, the Italian Higher Council of the Judiciary and the CCPE jointly organised an international Conference, on 15 December 2014, on the theme The organizational statute of the Public Prosecution in Europe and the relationship with the investigatory structures.
Meeting report
 Programme of the Conference: The organizational statute of the Public Prosecution in Europe and the relationship with the investigatory structures

The CCPE published its declaration on the draft laws concerning the judicial reform of the Turkish High Council of Judges and Prosecutors in Turkey

In its declaration, the CCPE replies to the request addressed by Turkish organisations of judges and prosecutors concerning amendments adopted in February 2014 aimed to modify some rules on the appointment and functioning of the Turkish High Council of Judges and Prosecutors. Even if the Turkish Constitutional Court has annulled some of these provisions in April 2014, the implementation of the remaining provisions could be in contradiction with international standards ensuring independence of the judicial power. The CCPE expresses its availability to provide some recommendations to the Turkish authorities on these texts in order to make them entirely comply with the international standards.
Declaration on the draft laws concerning the judicial reform of the Turkish High Council of Judges and Prosecutors in Turkey (HCJP)

The CCPE publishes its Opinion on the status of prosecutors in Montenegro

In reply to the request addressed by the State Prosecutors office of Montenegro following the amendment of the law concerning the Service of public prosecutions in Montenegro, the CCPE has published its opinion concerning the State Prosecutors office. This Opinion recalls the fundamental values of independence, impartiality and the protection of the function of prosecutor in conformity with international standards in force in democratic societies. By addressing its request, the State Prosecutors office of Montenegro recalled the importance of the CCPEs work. A reference document on European norms and principles concerning prosecutors (CCPE Opinion No. 9) has been submitted for adoption at the 9th plenary meeting of the CCPE, on 16-17 December 2014 in Roma (Italy).
CCPE Opinion on the status of prosecutors in Montenegro

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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

International Conference on The Role of Prosecutor's Office in Fighting Transnational Organized Crime: National Experience and International Cooperation,  Irkutsk (Siberia), 26 August 2014

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