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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.

Video presentation by the President of the CCPE, Mr Antonio Mura
 

News... (26/03/2014)


The CCPE working group will hold its next meeting on 27 and 28 March 2014

The CCPE working group will meet in Strasbourg on 27 and 28 March to begin to draft up its Opinion No. 9 whilch should be a compilation of norms and international existing principles concerning prosecutors. In this framework, the working group will also examine the draft structure containing an exhaustive compilation of principles, as well as a compilation of the European Court of Human Rights case-law concerning prosecutors prepared by the Bureau of the CCPE and the Secretariat. The Opinion should be adopted at the CCPE’s plenary meeting on 4 and 5 December 2014, which should take place in Rome (Italy).
Draft agenda

Strengthening the CCPE competencies regarding the requests for specific bilateral assistance to the Council of Europe member States

The President of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors, Mr Mura, has informed the President of the Committee of Ministers, Ambassador Rudolf Lennkh by letter of 3 March 2014 of the wish of the CCPE to strengthen the CCPE’s competencies regarding the requests for assistance from Council of Europe member States on problems concerning prosecutors. In conformity with the terms of reference of the CCPE, it is proposed to constitute, when the need appears, a Task force of experts entrusted to reply to these requests for specific assistance in the most appropriate way possible, in particular by issuing recommendations and recalling the important European standards. These recommendations could be transmitted to the Committee of Ministers.
Terms of reference of the CCPE

The hearing of the CCPE’s President at the meeting of the Committee of Ministers

On the occasion of its meeting held in Strasbourg on the 22nd of January 2014, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe scheduled in its agenda the hearing of the President of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors, Mr Antonio Mura. In his capacity, Mr Mura took the floor to illustrate past and future activities of the CCPE. A lively discussion followed, with questions and answers. This debate showed the interest of the Committee of Ministers in the role of national prosecution services, for its contribution to guarantee the Rule of Law throughout Europe, and in the mission of the CCPE, with a view to enhance mutual trust and judicial cooperation between all Member States.
Outlines of Antonio Mura’s presentation at the meeting of the Committee of Ministers

International Symposium on “Training of the Members of the Judiciary for Efficient and Effective Judiciary”

The recent Symposium, organised by the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors on “Training of the Members of the Judiciary for Efficient and Effective Judiciary”, in which Raija Toivianen participated from 23 to 25 October 2013 in Antalya (Turkey), ended with the adoption of a Declaration on training for legal practitioners. This declaration fixes the role of the national training institutes, and calls for legal practitioners to give effective and adapted contributions in order to implement the training tools.
Declaration on training for legal practitioners

Freedom of speech in the heart of the opinion on the relationships between prosecutors and the media

The Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) of the Council of Europe adopted an opinion on the relationships between prosecutors and the media at its plenary meeting in Yerevan on 8 and 9 October 2013, in the framework of the Armenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The subject of the relationships between prosecutors and the media is particularly sensitive because it requires a framework fixing the balance between the values defended by the Council of Europe: on one hand the right and freedom of expression, freedom of press and media and, on the other hand, the presumption of innocence, the right to defense and the protection of privacy. The diversity of the legal systems in the member States explains the variety of means of communication that prosecutors have with the media in respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The CCPE’s opinion on relations between prosecutors and the media is for the prosecutors. It protects the public services in some particularly highly mediatised cases, and sets the framework within which information can be disseminated publicly. The CCPE invites journalists, as well as all other professionals involved, to read the Opinion and to contribute to its diffusion.
Opinion N° 8 on the relationship between prosecutors and the media
Declaration from Armenia’s Prosecutor General Gevorg Kostanyan
Speech from the Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law Philippe Boillat [fr]
Abridged meeting report

Tribute to the Greek Vice-Public Prosecutor Emmanouil Papadakis

The CCPE wishes to pay tribute to Mr Emmanouil Papadakis, who has recently passed away. Mr Papadakis, Vice-public Prosecutor at the Supreme Court of Athens, was a highly estimated member of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors since 2008. The CCPE is associated to his family’s pain.

“Council of Europe Standards on Public Prosecutors” presented at the 18th International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) World Conference

Upon invitation of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and of the President of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), the CCPE’s President Antonio Mura (Italy) presented in Moscow on 12th September 2013 during the plenary session dedicated to “Essential ethical standards for prosecutors” the Council of Europe Standards on Public Prosecutors. The Director General for Human Rights and Rule of Law at the Council of Europe, Philippe Boillat, referred to the CCPE’s Opinions in his address to the World Conference on “Human rights and the principle of equality”. The Vice-president of the CCPE, Raija Toivianen (Finland), and Alessandra Giraldi (Denmark), member of the CCPE’s Bureau also attended the meeting.
Presentation made by the President of the CCPE, Antonio Mura

Round table on efficient task management and acceleration of procedures

In the framework of the Joint Programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe entitled "Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood", the CEPEJ has organised a round table on “Efficient task management at the Court of Cassation and acceleration of the flow of procedures” in Geneva (Switzerland) on 4 July 2013. Mr Cédric Visart de Bocarme (Belgium), member of the CCPE made a presentation on the theme “The management of appeals on points of law”. The round table resulted in the drawing up of an action plan for the Tunisian Court of Cassation in this field.
Programme [fr]

CCPE working group and Bureau meetings

The CCPE Working group entrusted with the preparation of Opinion No. 8 on relations between prosecutors and the media has held its meeting in Strasbourg on 27 and 28 June 2013. The Bureau's meeting took place on 26 June 2013.
Report of the working group meeting
Report of the Bureau meeting

Recommendation(2000)19 of the Council of Europe highlighted by the EU General Prosecutors’ Network in relation to the future European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO)

The CCPE’s President Antonio Mura (Italy) was one of the speakers at the 6th meeting of the "Network of Public Prosecutors or equivalent institutions within the Supreme Judicial Courts of the member States of the European Union". Ms Raija Toivianen (Finland), Vice-president of the CCPE, and Ms Alessandra Giraldi (Denmark), member of the CCPE’s Bureau, also attended the meeting, which was held in Krakow (Poland) on 15-17 May 2013 on the theme of “Synergies and responses: challenges to the integration of the future European Public Prosecutor’s Office into the national laws of the member States of the E.U”. Mr Mura gave a presentation on “Prerequisites for the integration of the future European Public Prosecutor’s Office”. Recommendation Rec(2000)19 on “the role of public prosecution in the criminal justice system” is quoted in the final document approved by the Network with reference to the future EPPO.
Conclusions
Presentation made by the President of the CCPE

Participation of the CCJE and CCPE in the course for Italian magistrates on "The European Statute for judges and prosecutors"

On 1 January 2013, the newly established School for the Judiciary started to operate in Italy. This allowed the country to comply with the Opinions No. 4 and 10 of the CCJE which recommended such an institution. The School is competent for both initial and in-service training of judges and prosecutors. Among the 76 courses offered by the School on a yearly basis, the course of 23 and 24 May 2013 which took place in Florence (Italy), devoted to the topic "The European Statute for judges and prosecutors" focusing on the Council of Europe instruments defining such statute, and on the activities of the CCJE and the CCPE. Judges and prosecutors from Italy, Spain and Bulgaria participated. Among speakers, there were Raffaele Sabato, former President of the CCJE, Antonio Mura, President of the CCPE, Roberto Chenal from the Secretariat of the Council of Europe, Nina Betetto, Vice-President of the Supreme Court of Slovenia and member of the Bureau of the CCJE, Olivier de Baynast de Septfontaines, Prosecutor General at the Court of Appeal of Douai (France) and former President of the CCPE. The past President and the Prosecutor General of the Italian Court of Cassation were also present.
Programme of the training session on "The European Statute for judges and prosecutors"

Symposium: The independence of justice in Tunisia before the adoption of the new Constitution

In the framework of the joint programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe "Strengthening democratic reform in the Southern Neighbourhood", Cédric Visart de Bocarmé, Federal Judge and the Belgian "parquet général" in charge of international relations, CCPE member, has made an intervention on the subject "the guaranties of independance for prosecutors", on 13 & 14 March 2013 in Tunis.
Programme

The questionnaire in view of preparation of CCPE Opinion No. 8 on relations between prosecutors and the media has been sent to member States

The Committee of Ministers entrusted the CCPE with the adoption, in 2013, of an opinion on relations between prosecutors and the media. A questionnaire in view of the preparation of the opinion has been sent to CCPE members who have until 28 February 2013 to reply. T
Questionnaire in view of preparation of Opinion No. 8 on relations between prosecutors and the media
Preliminary work - Opinion No. 8 on relations between prosecutors and the media

CCPE President Antonio Mura participated in the workshop on external relations and quality service for Chief Prosecutors of Turkish pilot courts in Ankara (Turkey), on 20 and 21 February 2013

In the framework of the Programme "Strengthening the Court Management in Turkey" (Joint Programme with the European Union), the CCPE President Antonio Mura participated to the workshop and make an intervention on external relations of prosecutors in the light of CCPE opinions.
Programme

The Presidents of the CCPE, the CCJE and CEPEJ invited by the Turkish High Council of Judges and Prosecutors

A delegation composed of Presidents of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) and European Judges (CCJE) and of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), as well as representatives of the Secretariat of the Council of Europe, has been invited by the Turkish High Council of Judges and Prosecutors to pay a visit to Ankara and Istanbul on 14-16 January 2013 to assess the progress in the reforms of the Turkish judicial system.
Picture gallery
Website of the Turkish High Council of Judges and Prosecutors

The member States must apply the dispositions of the opinion on the management of the means of the public prosecution services

At Its 7th plenary meeting in (Strasbourg, 26-27 November 2012), the CCPE adopted an opinion on the management of the means of the public prosecution services. The analysis of the situation in the different member States previously carried out by the Working group, highlighted that the budgets granted to prosecution services are regarded as insufficient, and more so in a period of economic crisis leading to the necessity of rationalisation of the management of the resources. The CCPE opinion gives recommendations to identify the needs, distribute and use, in a more efficient way, resources of the prosecution services. The Committee of Ministers will take note of this opinion in January 2013.
Opinion No. 7 on the management of the means of Prosecution services

7th Plenary meeting of the CCPE

The 7th plenary meeting of the CCPE took place in Strasbourg, on 26 and 27 November 2012. During this meeting, the CCPE elected Antonio MURA (Italy) as new President, as the mandate of Mr Joao Da Silva Miguel has come to end.
Picture gallery
Report of the 7th plenary meeting

The British Supreme Court quotes CCPE in one of its judgements

The British Supreme Court quoted the “Bordeaux Declaration” (CCPE’s Opinion No. 4), jointly adopted in 2009 by the CCPE and the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE), which states in its paragraph 6: "The enforcement of the law and, where applicable, the discretionary powers by the prosecution at the pre-trial stage require that the status of public prosecutors be guaranteed by law, at the highest possible level, in a manner similar to that of judges. They shall be independent and autonomous in their decision-making and carry out their functions fairly, objectively and impartially."
Link to the judgement

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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.


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


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Round table on efficient task management and acceleration of procedures, Geneva (Switzerland), 4 July 2013

Training session on "The European Statute for judges and prosecutors" on 23 & 24 May 2013 in Florence (Italy)

Alert Day for the Independence of Justice in Europe, Brussels (Belgium)

6th meeting of the Network of Public Prosecutors or equivalent institutions at the Supreme Judicial Courts of the member States of the European Union, Cracow (Poland), 16 May 2013

- Conclusions
- Presentation made by the President of the CCPE

Symposium: The independence of justice in Tunisia before the adotpion of the new Constitution, 13 & 14 March 2013

Workshop on external relations and quality service for Chief Prosecutors of Turkish pilot courts in Ankara (Turkey),  20-21 February 2013

 



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