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National Dissemination Forum held in Budapest

2016-11-23

The Terre des hommes office in Hungary organized a seminar in Budapest on 21 November 2016 as part of its regional project “Procedural Rights of Juveniles Suspected or Accused in the European Union [Pro-Jus]”.

The purpose of the event was to disseminate the national report for Hungary and to present and examine the findings and recommendations of the national research. The seminar gathered representatives from law enforcement, guardianship authorities, legal institutions and the civil society in Hungary.

The event was composed of a series of presentations delivered by the national research team and project coordinator and also provided space for discussions with all of the participants and the utilization of case studies. The feedback from the participants and the discussions held during the meeting reaffirmed and demonstrated the relevance of the research findings and recommendations and confirmed their necessity.

The meeting participants were also presented with the preliminary findings and recommendations from the comparative regional report which is currently being developed based on the national reports.

The Pro-Jus project has the overall aim to ensure that foreign children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings benefit from the procedural guarantees they are entitled to as per EU directives: Directive 2010/64/EU on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings; Directive 2012/13/EU on the right to information in criminal proceedings; and Directive 2013/48/EU on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings.

The Pro-Jus project is co-funded by the Justice Program of the European Union and is currently being implemented in 5 countries (Belgium, France, Hungary, the Netherlands and Spain) under the lead coordination by Terre des hommes Hungary and in partnership with Defence for Children the Netherlands, Defence for Children International Belgium, Rights International Spain and Hor la Rue in France.