The Conference invites the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to set up, within this Organisation, a “Conference of Prosecutors General of Europe” that would stand upon the following ideas:
The Conference would:
- Gather State Prosecutors General, Regional Prosecutors General and Prosecutors of great areas;
- Promote closer ties between prosecution authorities in the different member States, both at a general level and in more specific areas; efforts should also be made to promote either closer territorial ties across the main European regions or closer operational ties (cf. for example: meetings of Supreme Court prosecutors, meetings of prosecutors specialising in economic and financial matters, etc.);
- On its initiative or at the request of the Committee of Ministers, prepare opinions for the latter on matters pertaining to the role and status of Public Prosecution;
- Gather information and put forward suggestions for preparing and implementing Council of Europe activities relating to Public Prosecution;
- Ensure that Public Prosecution can play its role in the field of international co-operation in criminal matters;
- Provide the necessary links between public prosecutors specialising in organised crime or corruption;
- Provide follow-up to Recommendation Rec(2000) 19;
- Ensure appropriate links with EUROJUST and other bodies of judicial co-operation;
- Encourage links and exchanges between Supreme Councils for Public Prosecution or equivalent;
- Constitute a framework for setting up subject-oriented or region-based working parties.
Concerning the follow-up to Recommendation Rec(2000) 19, the Conference would:
- See to it that the Recommendation is disseminated as widely as possible;
- Assess the practical effects of the Recommendation and support its implementation in each member State, by using appropriate questionnaires, ad hoc meetings or mutual evaluation exercises consisting of on the spot verifications;
- Update current documentary information by means of the systematic compilation of new texts relating to Public Prosecution in each member State (laws, codes of conduct, case-law etc) and making such information available, as a first stage in the setting up of a genuine data base on Public Prosecution in Europe;
- Make suggestions, as appropriate, aimed at developing given points of the Recommendation.
Concerning international co-operation in criminal matters, the Conference thinks that an informal, yet tangible, structure as mentioned below should be set up.
A Coordinating Bureau could be given the following executive tasks:
- To organise the plenary sessions of the Conference;
- To organise the meetings of the sections of the Conference;
- To provide the necessary follow-up to the work of the Conference and its sections;
- To liaise with the competent bodies of the Council of Europe, in particular the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) and the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE).
The Coordinating Bureau could be made up as follows:
- One member of the Public Prosecution from the country that organised the last Conference;
- One member of the Public Prosecution from the country that will organise the next Conference;
- Two members of the Public Prosecution appointed by the Conference for a period of two years;
- Two members of the Public Prosecution appointed by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for a period of two years.
Membership of the Coordination Bureau shall respect the principles of geographical distribution and rotation.
Subject to the approval of these proposals by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Conference appoints Mr Vito Monetti, Deputy Prosecutor General at the Court of Cassation in Rome (Italy) and Mr Marc van Erve, Chief Public Prosecutor in the National Prosecutor’s Office, at Rotterdam (Netherlands) as members of the Coordination Bureau for a period of two years.