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Support for judicial cooperation in criminal matters
Deadline: Jan 19, 2016  

 Justice Programme

Objective and priorities

The aim is to promote judicial cooperation in criminal matters and to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU mutual recognition instruments in criminal matters.

The priorities of this call are:

1) Priority shall be given to the implementation and application of the following judicial cooperation instruments:

- Directive 2014/41/EU on the European Investigation Order in criminal matters;

- Framework Decision 2006/783/JHA on mutual recognition of confiscation orders, particular in view of the adoption of Directive 2014/42/EU on the freezing and confiscation of instrumentalities and proceeds of crime in the European Union and of Directive 2014/42 on the European Investigation Order;

- Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties or other Treaties containing provisions on Mutual Legal Assistance with third States (e.g. EU-US MLA Agreement, Budapest Cybercrime Convention), in particular with respect to the exchange of electronic data and financial information;

Projects on the following instruments can also be selected if the practical added value of the project is particularly well demonstrated:

- Directive 2011/99 on the European Protection Order ;

- Framework Decision 2005/214/JHA on financial penalties ;

- Framework Decision 2008/909/JHA on transfer of prisoners ;

- Framework Decision 2008/947/JHA on probation and alternative sanctions ;

- Framework Decision 2009/829/JHA on the European Supervision Order ;

- Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA on the European arrest warrant

- 2000 Convention on mutual assistance in criminal matters between the Member States of the European Union (established by Council Act of 29 May 2000);

2) Other priority is the cooperation between prosecutors of different Member States for the application of the instruments mentioned under priority 1. above on issues related to counter terrorism and organised crime.


This topic will fund the following activities:

• analytical activities, such as data collection, surveys, research activities, etc;

• facilitating the exchange of data and the structured, confidential and data-protection compliant communication between the authorities appointed under EU legislation (e.g. competent authorities), including electronic transmission of documents, requests for information, questioning and hearing of persons across borders (such as by way of video-conferencing);

• exchange of information and networking between judicial and administrative authorities and the legal professions and relevant civil society actors, such as development of an accessible and comprehensive source of country specific information and guidance on procedures, criminal codes, offences and legislation in each Member State; development of prototype templates to assist the issuing and executing authorities;

• mutual learning, identifying and exchange of best practices which may be transferable to other participating countries;

• dissemination and awareness raising activities.

Training activities can also be funded under this call, as long as they are of ancillary nature and not the main purpose of the project.

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