At a glance

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 criminological research conferences and criminological colloquia, conferences of directors of prison administration.

Plenary meetings

Bureau meetings

The Protection of the Environment through Criminal Law

  • The Working Group on the Environment and Criminal Law (CDPC-EC)

The Council of Europe considers the Protection of the Environment as one of its priorities to address the ongoing developments in the environmental domain and the current and future challenges now facing us.

With the acceleration of degradation phenomena, the issue and urgency of environmental challenges have changed and require strengthened protection by means of unified and appropriate criminal law.

The existing Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Environment through Criminal Law (ETS No. 172, 1998) remains unimplemented and consequently lacks the ability to address the current challenges. The CDPC-EC Working Group, therefore, aims to discuss the possible way forward, by assessing whether the elaboration of a new Convention to replace the existing 1998 Convention is feasible and appropriate or not.