The Consultative Council of European Prosecutors
will shortly be celebrating its 15th anniversary,
having now firmly established its position within
the Council of Europe.
More than ever before, Recommendation
Rec(2000)19 on the role of public prosecution in the
criminal justice system remains the benchmark for
all Council of Europe member states.
member countries, however, there are still very
major difficulties in terms of applying it.
The work of
the CCPE must therefore continue, and its opinions
must go on serving as reference points when
essential reforms of public prosecution are carried
The Rome Charter, which the CCPE adopted in December
2014, illustrates the CCPE’s desire to be part of a
dynamic approach to public prosecution.
Society is changing and crime is becoming
more and more international and constantly adapting
to technological advances.
Public prosecution services must adapt to
these changes in their tasks, practices and
Their democratic role is more essential than ever.
They have the duty of bringing to justice the
perpetrators of crimes, especially those which
affect the safety of individuals.
They must show that they are up to the task
by being as efficient as possible, while also being
exemplary in the performance of their duties in
terms of upholding human rights and the principles
of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The position of President which has been assigned to
me is both an honour and a major responsibility.
I will seek to promote a modern approach to
public prosecution, which takes greater account of
the most vulnerable groups, children and victims,
and also to advance human rights and greater
efficiency in the operation of public prosecution
The difficult economic situation affecting
most member countries is having sometimes very
harmful effects on the work of public prosecution
services, which no longer always have the resources
they need for their tasks.
We must remain alert to this and defend
public prosecution services’ position among
In the discussions at the CCPE, I would also like us
all to look at our own systems critically and
Differences are a great asset in terms of
Our role is not to defend a particular system
but to promote better management, organisational and
operating principles which go beyond our national
systems and can be applied everywhere.
Lastly, I would like already to thank all CCPE
members for the time and efforts which they will
devote to the CCPE.