ECBA members have the opportunity to become involved in ECBA working groups on topical EU initiatives and to meet and discuss these issues with practitioners throughout Europe.
The working groups are an ideal platform to debate and highlight short-comings in either European or domestic legislation, compared to best practice and universal fundamental rights standards. The results of the working group initiatives are reported in the newsletter and at conferences or can be used as submissions that are sent to the European Commission, Council or Parliament.

Current projects include;

  • Money laundering and the role of the legal profession in Europe;
  • Procedural safeguards – including responses from the initial proposal in 2004 to the Stockholm Programme – Roadmap of Procedural Safeguards;
  • Evidence – including the European Evidence Warrant and the Commission proposal on evidence gathering and admissibility;
  • European Arrest Warrant – as the the first concrete measure in the field of criminal law implementing the principle of mutual recognition, the ECBA has charted the development of this measure and related case law;
  • Antitrust  – part of the work conducted by the Cross-border Financial Crime working group;
  • Legal aid – including the joint ECBA and CCBE project on legal aid in Europe, the ECBA evidence gathering project on legal aid and European Evidence Warrant;
  • The ECBA are a partner in the research project "Defence rights during the pre-trial criminal proceedings – best practice and effective lawyer emergency services", which will be presented at the Autumn 2010 conference Ljubljana, Slovenia.