The European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) is a leading group of independent criminal defence lawyers in the Council of Europe

On 20 September 2016, representatives from the ECBA, together with representatives from the CCBE, had an excellent exchange of views with EU Commissioner Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss certain aspects of the proposal for a European Public Prosecutors Office (EPPO).

The CCBE and ECBA communicated their concerns ranging from provisions concerning judicial review to the choice of forum and the need for proper defence rights. The ECBA was pleased to receive the invitation as it was a key time to have an exchange of views, as there is increased momentum to complete the EPPO discussions before the end of 2016 or early 2017.