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For over fifty years now, a series of treaties have been negotiated within the Council of Europe which establish a common basis for co-operation in criminal matters across Europe and sometimes beyond. These treaties cover such co-operation mechanisms as extradition, mutual legal assistance and the transfer of sentenced persons, but they also address specific forms of crime which more often than others have a trans-border dimension, such as organised crime, terrorism and cyber-crime.
The Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Operation of European Conventions in the Penal Field (PC-OC / Terms of reference) is the forum in which, since 1981, experts from all member and observer states and organisations come together to elaborate ways to improve international co-operation in criminal matters and identify solutions to practical problems encountered in the application of Council of Europe Conventions in this field.

Information leaflet on the PC-OC in several languages


This website is in continuous development becoming more useful for practitioners involved in international co-operation in criminal matters.

New on this site:
- Revised templates for country information on national procedures for extradition and MLA:
State Parties are invited to fill them in and send them to the Secretariat by 1 March 2014
Examples of national legislation and procedures with regard to conditional release and measures involving deprivation of liberty (PC-OC(2013)02 rev.)
Questionnaire concerning judgments in absentia and the possibility of retrial: Summary and Compilation of Replies
Updated index containing summaries of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights of particular relevance to practitioners in the field of international co-operation in criminal matters

Next PC-OC meeting: 66th meeting of the PC-OC, 19-21 May 2014
- Draft agenda

Last PC-OC Mod meeting: 17th meeting of the PC-OC Mod, 18-20 March 2014
- List of decisions

Last PC-OC meeting:
65th meeting of the PC-OC, 26-28 November 2013
- List of decisions
- "INTERPOL e-extradition” presentation made by Mr Joël Sollier, Director of the Office of Legal Affairs, INTERPOL

Special session on the transfer of sentenced persons
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons (ETS N°112), the PC-OC devoted, during its 65th plenary meeting, a special one-day session to the functioning of this convention and its additional protocol. For the first time, experts from all 64 States Parties to this convention were invited to exchange experiences and look for solutions to any legal or practical problem encountered in its implementation.
- Programme
- Presentations

  Recent ratifications and signatures to CoE treaties


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