In a conference on “Legal Aid: a Fundamental Right for Citizens – Effective Access to Justice in the European Union”, organised jointly with the Academy of European Law (ERA) and opened by the Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) presented to the EU institutions its recommendations on legal aid.
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), representing around 1 million lawyers from the European Union and European Economic Area through their member Bars and Law Societies, has granted its 2010 Human Rights Award to Mexican lawyers David Peña Rodríguez and Karla Micheel Salas Ramírez, members of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (ANAD)
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) is holding its next Standing Committee in Basle, Switzerland, exactly 50 years after its creation in the city. “We will of course celebrate this jubilee in Basle with our members and the people who contributed to our history”, the President of the CCBE José-María Davó-Fernández said, “but we will also be preparing for the future.”
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) welcomes the announcement today by the European Commission that its current Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security (DG JLS) will be split in two as of 2 July, with a new DG to correspond to the portfolio of the Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding.
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) fully supports the view expressed by Viviane Reding, the new Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, that the text of the initiative of some Member States for a directive on the rights to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings must be strengthened to meet the standards of the European Convention of Human Rights.