Read the update from January 2017

You can find the full newsletter attached for more information. Highlights of this edition include:

- New Presidency of the CCBE

On 1 January 2017, Ruthven Gemmell WS became the new President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). His presidency will be supported by Antonín Mokrý (Czech Republic) as 1st Vice-President, José de Freitas (Portugal) as 2nd Vice-President, and Ranko Pelicarić (Croatia) as 3rd Vice-President. Mr Gemmell was president of the Law Society of Scotland from 2006-07, and joined the CCBE as the Scottish representative to the UK delegation in 2007. Ruthven Gemmell takes over from Michel Benichou.

- EC Package on Services in the Single Market

On 10 January 2017, the European Commission presented a set of initiatives focusing on regulated professions, as announced in its previous ‘Single Market Strategy’ Communication of 28 October 2015, with the aim of deepening the economic integration of the services market in the EU 

- European Parliament Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA)

The CCBE was invited to participate in a hearing on 24 January organised by the European Parliament Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA). During the hearing, the CCBE highlighted its support for the fight against money laundering, and explained how the profession has been actively engaged in countering existing and potential risks.

- INGO Conference adopts Resolution on Surveillance of Lawyers

On 27 January, the INGO Conference of the Council of Europe adopted with an overwhelming majority the resolution: Recommendation on ‘Surveillance of lawyers: the need for standards safeguarding client confidentiality’, which was prepared by the CCBE and is in line with its Recommendations on surveillance.

- Day of the Endangered lawyer

On 24 January, the CCBE supported the Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2017 devoted to the situation of lawyers in China

- TRALIM Project

On 15 June 2016, the European Lawyers Foundation began implementing the TRALIM project, co-financed by the European Union. The aim of the project is to train 130 lawyers from 5 different Member States (Spain, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Poland) on EU Law relating to asylum and immigration from the perspective of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The project, which takes place through 4 seminars, will last 12 months.