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Final Conference of the Procedural Rights of Juveniles Suspected or Accused in Criminal Proceedings in the EU


Terre des hommes Hungary, together with its partners from Belgium, France, Spain and the Netherlands, is organizing the final conference of the regional project ‘Procedural Rights of Juveniles Suspected or Accused in Criminal Proceedings in the EU’ on 23-24 February 2017 in Brussels.

The 2-day conference is gathering participants from 15 EU Member States in order to present and discuss the project outputs and results, such as the national reports, regional comparative report and the handbook for legal practitioners. The event will promote the findings and recommendations identified throughout the research process in the project and assess their potential for replication in other countries in the EU. The conference will shed light on 3 EU Directives which were targeted by the Pro-Jus project, looking at ways the Member States have transposed them and how they are applied as well as to what extent foreign children are taken into account. The event is bringing together representatives from state authorities, NGOs and international organizations, legal practitioners and law enforcement professionals.

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 has sought to uphold the rights of foreign children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings by increasing the knowledge and capacity of professionals in the criminal justice system in order to improve the implementation of the three procedural Directives in the project countries and beyond (intended roll out also to 15 Member States).

The Pro-Jus project is implemented in partnership with Rights International Spain, Defence for Children International Belgium, Hors la Rue (France) and Defence for Children International Netherlands.

The Pro-Jus project is co-funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union.