Horizontal cooperation, obtaining evidence overseas and the respect for fundamental rights in the EU. From the European Commission’s proposals to the proposal for a directive on a European Investigation Order: Towards a single tool of evidence gathering in the EU?

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Abstract

Over the past several years, the European Commission and a group of eight Member States have each launched two important initiatives with the aim of introducing a new instrument for obtaining evidence from other states within the EU. While following different paths, these initiatives share the common goal of extending the logic of mutual recognition to almost every type of evidence. This article questions, by providing a comparative analysis of the two proposals, whether this approach is the most appropriate way of both enhancing mutual confidence between national authorities and ensuring adequate protection both of the national procedural cultures and the fundamental rights of the individuals involved in criminal proceedings. On the basis of this analysis, this paper contains some proposals for further legislation in the field of collection of overseas evidence in Europe.

Keywords

Mutual Recognition Host State Coercive Measure Criminal Matter Lisbon Treaty 
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Abbreviations

AFSJ

Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

CCP

Code of Criminal Procedure

ECHR

European Convention on Human Rights

ECJ

European Court of Justice

ECMACM

European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

EU FRA

European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights

EU FRCh

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

EUCMACM

Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European Union

FD EAW

Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant

FD EEW

Framework Decision on the European Evidence Warrant

FD OFPE

Framework Decision on the Execution in the EU of Orders Freezing Property or Evidence

IACMACM

Inter-American Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

JIT

Joint Investigation Teams

PD EIO

Proposal for a Directive on a European Investigation Order

SAP ECMACM

Second Additional Protocol to European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

TEU

Treaty on the European Union

TFEU

Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

UN MTMACM

United Nations Model Treaty on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public Law “T. Martines”, Law SchoolUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

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