Framework decision 2008/978 - European evidence warrant for the purpose of obtaining objects, documents and data for use in proceedings in criminal matters

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Current status

This framework decision was in effect from January 19, 2009 until February 21, 2016.

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Key information

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Council Framework Decision 2008/978/JHA of 18 December 2008 on the European evidence warrant for the purpose of obtaining objects, documents and data for use in proceedings in criminal matters
 
Legal instrument Framework decision
Number legal act Framework decision 2008/978
Original proposal COM(2003)688 EN
CELEX number i 32008F0978

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Key dates

Document 18-12-2008
Publication in Official Journal 30-12-2008; OJ L 350, 30.12.2008,Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 19 Volume 006
Effect 19-01-2009; Entry into force Date pub. + 20 See Art 25
End of validity 21-02-2016; Repealed by 32016R0095

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Legislative text

30.12.2008   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 350/72

 

COUNCIL FRAMEWORK DECISION 2008/978/JHA

of 18 December 2008

on the European evidence warrant for the purpose of obtaining objects, documents and data for use in proceedings in criminal matters

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on European Union, and in particular Article 31 and Article 34(2)(b) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal of the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament (1),

Whereas:

 

(1)

The European Union has set itself the objective of maintaining and developing an area of freedom, security and justice. According to the Conclusions of the Tampere European Council of 15 and 16 October 1999, and in particular point 33 thereof, the principle of mutual recognition should become the cornerstone of judicial cooperation in both civil and criminal matters within the Union.

 

(2)

On 29 November 2000 the Council, in accordance with the Tampere Conclusions, adopted a programme of measures to implement the principle of mutual recognition in criminal matters (2). This Framework Decision is necessary to complete measures 5 and 6 of that programme, which deal with the mutual recognition of orders to obtain evidence.

 

(3)

Point 3.3.1 of the Hague Programme (3), included in the Conclusions of the European Council of 4 and 5 November 2004, emphasises the importance of the completion of the comprehensive programme of measures to implement the principle of mutual recognition in criminal matters and highlights the introduction of the European evidence warrant (EEW) as a matter of priority.

 

(4)

Council Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA of 13 June 2002 on the European arrest warrant and the surrender procedures between Member States (4) was the first concrete measure in the field of criminal law implementing the principle of mutual recognition.

 

(5)

Council Framework Decision 2003/577/JHA of 22 July 2003 on the execution in the European Union of orders freezing property and evidence (5) addresses the need for immediate mutual recognition of orders to prevent the destruction, transformation, moving, transfer or disposal of evidence. However, this deals only with part of the spectrum of judicial cooperation in criminal matters with respect to evidence, and subsequent transfer of the evidence is left to mutual assistance procedures.

 

(6)

It is therefore necessary further to improve judicial cooperation by applying the principle of mutual recognition to a judicial decision, in the form of an EEW, for the purpose of obtaining objects, documents and data for use in proceedings in criminal matters.

 

(7)

The EEW may be used to obtain any objects, documents and data for use in proceedings in criminal matters for which it may be issued. This may include for example objects, documents or data from a third party, from a search of premises including the private premises of the suspect, historical data on the use of any services including financial transactions, historical records of statements, interviews and hearings, and other records, including the results of special investigative techniques.

 

(8)

The principle of mutual recognition is based on a high level of confidence between Member States. In order to promote this confidence, this Framework Decision should contain important safeguards to protect fundamental rights. The EEW should therefore be issued only by judges, courts, investigating magistrates, public prosecutors and certain other judicial authorities as defined by Member States in accordance with this Framework Decision.

 

(9)

This Framework Decision is adopted under Article 31 of the Treaty and therefore concerns judicial cooperation within the context of that provision, aiming to assist...


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