ECBA Autumn Conference 1 and 2 October, 2021

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EPPO meets European Defence:  striving for the highest standard of fair proceedings in Europe


There was a look of joy on our President’s face as he welcomed a record number of delegates to the ECBA conference, which took place in Berlin over 1st and 2nd October 2021.

The conference began with the first edition of the Scott Crosby Human Rights Award, named after a much loved and respected colleague and friend. Alexis Anagnostakis introduced the recipients of the award: Mikołaj Pietrzak, one of our Polish colleagues, and Judge Igor Tuleya, a Polish judge. 


Welcome speech on 1 October by Stephanie Schott, German Federal Bar (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer - BRAK)

Scott Crosby Human Rights Award 
-  A pledge to continue his work in human rights and his passion for justice!
Alexis Anagnostakis, ECBA HR Officer award presentation 
Judge Igor Tuleya
Nicola Canestrini: video-testimonial (see video below) on the Afghan lawyers situation, credit  “Unione camere penali italiane UCPI Osservatorio avvocati Minacciati”

Keynote speeches
Chair Oliver Kipper, Germany

  • Andrés Ritter, Deputy Chief European Prosecutor
  • Margarete von Galen, President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE)
  • Vânia Costa Ramos, Vice Chair, ECBA

Challenging EPPO Procedural Acts
Chair Amedeo Barletta, Italy

  • Dr. Hans-Holger Herrnfeld, Independent Expert, Former Senior Federal Public Prosecutor, Germany
  • Adrian Șandru, Romania
  • Elise Martin-Vignerte, Ireland

EPPO in Operation - topical issues

Panel 1: Exercise of Jurisdiction by the EPPO

Chair Stephanie Schott, Germany

  • Gabriel Seixas, European Prosecutor, Luxembourg 
  • José Eduardo Guerra, European Prosecutor, Portugal
  • Josien Pauwelussen, Quality Officer, European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF)
  • Noémie Coutrot-Cieslinski, Defence Lawyer, France

Panel 2: Access to Case Files in EPPO Cases
Chair Stephanie Schott, Germany

ECBA Activities and Working Groups
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ondrej Laciak, Slovakia

Background documents:

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1939 of 12 October 2017

Directive on the fight against fraud to the Union's financial interests by means of criminal law

Internal rules of procedures


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