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Parliamentary questions
27 July 2012
Answer given by Mr Piebalgs on behalf of the Commission

The EU strongly supports the Rome Statute system in which the ICC plays a key role as the court of last resort, and the principle of complementarity which is elementary for the Rome Statute to reach its full potential.

Strengthening national criminal jurisdictions and rule of law is key to fighting impunity and putting the complementarity principle into effect. The EU is the largest donor in supporting justice and rule of law reform; it plays a central role in the realisation of the principle of complementarity in practice by supporting justice and rule of law programmes worldwide with a focus on criminal justice. The core crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes need to be addressed as part of external actions and development cooperation programmes in the area of justice and rule of law, supported by policy and political dialogues at country level.

A forthcoming Commission Reference Document on Support to Justice and the Rule of Law — Review of past experience and guidance for future EU development cooperation programmes also addresses fighting impunity as part of wider criminal justice and rule of law reform. This Reference Document provides guidance to EU staff, based on EU experience of support for this sector over the last 10 years.

In addition, the EU has been actively engaged in discussions following the 2010 Kampala Review Conference with a view to further clarifying the concept of complementarity and providing further guidance to colleagues at headquarters and in Delegations. Commission services and the EEAS are working on a toolkit on complementarity which should be presented before the end of this year. Discussions with civil society and international organisations active in the field have fed into this work.

OJ C 262 E, 11/09/2013
Last updated: 11 December 2012Legal notice