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Parliamentary questions
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2 October 2018
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003322/2018

Under the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the Commission has no general powers in individual criminal cases. The day-to-day administration of the justice systems of the Member States, including the prosecution of alleged offences, falls within the exclusive competence of Member States.

However, the Commission attaches great importance to the right to a fair trial in criminal proceedings. Six procedural rights directives have been adopted by the European Union to date, including Directive (EU) 2016/343 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on the strengthening of certain aspects of the presumption of innocence and of the right to be present at the trial in criminal proceedings(1).

Although this directive applies at all stages of criminal proceedings, it does not contain rules on pre-trial detention and is therefore not applicable to the situation referred to in the Honourable Member's question.

(1)OJ L 65, 11.3.2016, p. 1.

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