Take a look a t the lastest CCBE Info newsletter here . Below you will find a short summary:
Our specific status as lawyers, acting as intermediaries between citizens and the courts, places lawyers in a central position in the administration of justice. Lawyers therefore play a major role to ensure public confidence in the action of the Courts, whose mission is fundamental in a democratic state based on the rule of law. Nonetheless, individuals must also have trust in the capacity of lawyers to represent their clients effectively in order to believe in the administration of justice. The European Court of Human Rights recalled these principles in a number of decisions, including the case of Morice v. France (no. 29369/10, ECHR 2015)
On 19 April, the European Parliament plenary session formally approved the revised 4th Anti-money laundering Directive following an agreement on its revision by the Parliament, Commission and the Council in December 2017. The agreement marks the fifth and latest update to the EU’s Anti-money laundering Directive.
The CCBE is participating in the FATF project to revise the risk-based approach (RBA) guidance for professional intermediaries (lawyers, accountants and trusts and company service providers)
The CCBE’s AML and Criminal Law Committees have been attentively following the Commission proposal on “Countering money laundering by criminal law”. The CCBE has already submitted a position paper in this regard and participated in a number of meetings with various representatives.
The CCBE’s Criminal Law Committee is following developments regarding the Commission proposal concerning the mutual recognition of confiscation and freezing orders. The CCBE is pleased to report that the Parliament Committee Report reflects many of the organisation’s concerns regarding procedural safeguards.
On 12 October, the regulation establishing the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) was adopted by 20 Member States which are part of the EPPO enhanced cooperation. Following the adoption of the Regulation, significant measures for the practical set-up of the EPPO will take place during the current Bulgarian Presidency. The Commission, which is entrusted with the establishment and initial administrative operation of the EPPO, has already undertaken a number of steps towards setting up the EPPO.
The CCBE is examining two draft amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the General Court which have been sent to Member States.
The CCBE is examining a paper from the Court of Justice of the European Union which has been sent to EU Members States.
On 10 April, the CCBE participated to Digital Day 2018, an event organised by the European Commission (DG connect), which gathered representatives of EU countries, private industries, academia and civil society.
On 4 April, the Paris Bar organised the first training seminar for lawyers as part of the European project TRADATA, whose aim is to train at least 630 lawyers in the European Union, over two years, and to raise awareness to the fundamental issues of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This project is led by the European Lawyers Foundation (ELF), in partnership with the Paris Bar and 8 other Bars and Law Societies.
The CCBE is currently collaborating with the Lille Bar, Lille Catholic University, la Délégation des Barreaux de France et la Conférence des Bâtonniers de France et d’Outre-Mer on the organisation of an international conference. The theme of the conference will be “Artificial Intelligence, Humane Justice” and it will take place on 30 November 2018 in Lille, France.
On 20-21 April, the CCBE’s President, Antonín Mokrý, attended the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) Spring Conference in Oslo and delivered the day’s opening remarks. The Conference dealt with “Pre-Trial Detention and Compensation: Current Issues and Minimum Standards.”
On 14 March, the CCBE Secretary General, Philip Buisseret, participated in a workshop organised by the European Network of Councils of the Judiciary on the “Independence and Accountability” of judges.
On 3 and 4 April 2018, the European Lawyers Foundation (ELF) helped the International Bar Association to organise a conference in Livingstone, Zambia on “Globalising your practice – opportunities and challenges”