Dr. Hans-Holger HERRNFELD, CDPC ChairCDPC Chair

Dr. Sławomir BUCZMA, Poland 


Set up in 1958, the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) was entrusted by the Committee of Ministers the responsibility for overseeing and coordinating the Council of Europe’s activities in the field of crime prevention and crime control. The CDPC meets at the headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France).

The CDPC identifies priorities for intergovernmental legal co-operation, makes proposals to the Committee of Ministers on activities in the fields of criminal law and procedure, criminology and penology, and implements these activities.

The CDPC elaborates conventions, recommendations and reports. It organises, amongst others, the Council of Europe Conferences of Ministers of Justice and Conferences of directors of prison administration.

The CDPC holds 2 plenary sessions every year, in which the following participate:

  • National delegations from member States
  • Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly and of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe
  • Representatives of the European Union
  • Observers from Canada, the Holy See, Japan, Mexico and the United States of America
  • Observers from intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations

The working languages of the CDPC are those of the Council of Europe: French and English.

The CDPC provides a coordinating, supervising and monitoring role in the functioning of its subordinate bodies (PC-OC and PC-CP):

  • Committee of experts on the operation of European conventions on co-operation in criminal matters (PC-OC);
  • Council for penological co-operation (PC-CP).

The Secretariat is provided by the Criminal Law Division.