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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... (26/09/2014)


21th CCPE Bureau meeting

The Bureau of the CCPE will hold its 21th meeting in Brussels, from 29 to 30 September 2014. The Bureau will examine the draft Opinion No. 9 - Document de référence sur les normes et principes européens relatifs aux procureurs in view of its adoption at the CCPE plenary meeting in Rome (Italy), from 2 to 4 December 2014.
Draft agenda

The Role of Prosecutor's Office in Fighting Transnational Organized Crime

The President of the CCPE, Mr Antonio Mura, took part in the international Conference on “The Role of Prosecutor's Office in Fighting Transnational Organized Crime: National Experience and International Cooperation”, organized in Irkutsk (Siberia) by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Mr Yuri Chaika, on 26 August 2014. The discussion was focused on three main issues, namely functions and powers of prosecutors in fighting against trafficking in human beings and illegal migration, ways of improvement of prosecutorial activities in combating illegal traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, and role of prosecutors in fighting against money laundering. High level representatives of the Prosecution Services of the following countries were in attendance: Belarus, China, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russian Federation, Serbia, Swiss Confederation, and Tajikistan. The International Association of Prosecutors also took part in the Conference.
Speech of Mr Antonio Mura, President of the CCPE
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15th CCPE Working group meeting

The 15th meeting of the CCPE working group took place in Paris on 19 and 20 June 2014. 14 years after the entry into force of Rec(2000)19 on the role of public prosecution in the criminal justice system, the group will draw up a European Charter for Public Prosecutors (CCPE Opinion No. 9) which will recall all the principles recognised at an international and European level which are applicable to them. This text should be adopted at the CCPE 9th pleanry meeting, on 4 and 5 December 2014 in Roma (Italy). The group also discussed the draft international Convention to combat the manipulation of sports competitions in the preparation of which he participated as an observer. The group also evoked the Declaration concerning Turkey which has recently been published by the CCPE and through which the Council expressed his concern following the adoption of amendments aimed at modifying the powers of the Turkish High Council of Judges and Prosecutors.
Meeting report

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 President of the CCPE, Antonio Mura, has been assigned Head of Justice Affairs Department at the Italian Ministry of Justice

By a decree signed on 14 May 2014, the President of the Italian Republic has assigned the current CCPE President, Mr Antonio Mura to the functions of Head of the Department for Justice Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Justice. The Secretariat and the CCPE members congratulate the CCPE’s President for this assignment and wish him much success in his new functions. Mr Mura will continue to assume his functions of President of the CCPE.

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 publishes its opinion concerning the State Prosecutor’s 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 CCPE’s work. A reference document on European norms and principles concerning prosecutors (CCPE Opinion No. 9) will be submitted for adoption at the 9th plenary meeting of the CCPE, on 4 and 5 December 2014 in Roma (Italy).
CCPE Opinion on the status of prosecutors in Montenegro

The CCPE working group meeting took place on 27 and 28 March 2014

The CCPE working group meeting took place in Strasbourg on 27 and 28 March, 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 also examinee 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).
Meeting report

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

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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


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

 - Speech of Mr Antonio Mura, President of the CCPE

- Picture gallery

  Workshop on the "code of ethics of Tunisian magistrates", on 24 April 2014 in Tunis

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)

 

 



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