REPORT on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down harmonised rules on the appointment of legal representatives for the purpose of gathering evidence in criminal proceedings

    11.12.2020 - (COM(2018)0226 –C8-0154/2018 – 2018/0107(COD)) - ***I

    Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
    Rapporteur: Birgit Sippel

    DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

    on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down harmonised rules on the appointment of legal representatives for the purpose of gathering evidence in criminal proceedings

    (COM(2018)0226 –C8-0154/2018 – 2018/0107(COD))

    (Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

    The European Parliament,

     having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2018)0226),

     having regard to Article 294(2) and Articles 53 and 62 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C8-0154/2018),

     having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

     having regard to Rules 59 of its Rules of Procedure,

     having regard to the report of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (A9-0257/2020),

    1. Rejects the Commission proposal;

    2. Calls on the Commission to withdraw its proposal;

    3. Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.


     

    EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

    The Commission proposed two instruments, the proposal for a Regulation on European Production and Preservation Orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters (2018/0108(COD)) and the proposal for a Directive laying down harmonised rules on the appointment of legal representatives for the purpose of gathering evidence in criminal proceedings (2018/0107(COD)).

     

    However, a discrepancy between the two instruments exists. The proposed Directive would bind all EU Member States to introduce a legal representative, even those not participating in the legal instruments adopted within the scope of Title V, Chapter 4, of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. In addition, the proposal of the Commission seems not only to introduce such a legal representative for the functioning of the proposed Regulation, but to possibly also use it for other future instruments. In that regard, the proposed Directive overreaches its goal and raises serious issues with its legal basis, namely the Articles 53 and 62 TFEU. Consequently, only those Member States participating in the proposed Regulation should be bound by the obligation as regards to the appointment of legal representatives.

     

    Therefore, the relevant content of the proposed Directive was directly integrated into the proposed Regulation, as a flanking measure to mutual recognition instruments under Article 82 TFEU.


    PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

    Title

    Harmonised rules on the appointment of legal representatives for the purpose of gathering evidence in criminal proceedings

    References

    COM(2018)0226 – C8-0154/2018 – 2018/0107(COD)

    Date submitted to Parliament

    17.4.2018

     

     

     

    Committee responsible

     Date announced in plenary

    LIBE

    31.5.2018

     

     

     

    Committees asked for opinions

     Date announced in plenary

    IMCO

    31.5.2018

     

     

     

    Not delivering opinions

     Date of decision

    IMCO

    16.5.2018

     

     

     

    Rapporteurs

     Date appointed

    Birgit Sippel

    4.9.2019

     

     

     

    Discussed in committee

    11.11.2019

    28.1.2020

    7.12.2020

     

    Date adopted

    7.12.2020

     

     

     

    Result of final vote

    +:

    –:

    0:

    54

    3

    7

    Members present for the final vote

    Magdalena Adamowicz, Konstantinos Arvanitis, Malik Azmani, Katarina Barley, Pernando Barrena Arza, Pietro Bartolo, Nicolas Bay, Vladimír Bilčík, Vasile Blaga, Ioan-Rareş Bogdan, Patrick Breyer, Saskia Bricmont, Jorge Buxadé Villalba, Damien Carême, Anna Júlia Donáth, Lena Düpont, Cornelia Ernst, Nicolaus Fest, Jean-Paul Garraud, Maria Grapini, Sylvie Guillaume, Andrzej Halicki, Evin Incir, Sophia in ‘t Veld, Patryk Jaki, Lívia Járóka, Marina Kaljurand, Assita Kanko, Fabienne Keller, Peter Kofod, Łukasz Kohut, Moritz Körner, Alice Kuhnke, Jeroen Lenaers, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Nuno Melo, Roberta Metsola, Nadine Morano, Javier Moreno Sánchez, Maite Pagazaurtundúa, Nicola Procaccini, Emil Radev, Paulo Rangel, Ralf Seekatz, Michal Šimečka, Birgit Sippel, Martin Sonneborn, Tineke Strik, Ramona Strugariu, Annalisa Tardino, Tomas Tobé, Milan Uhrík, Tom Vandendriessche, Bettina Vollath, Javier Zarzalejos

    Substitutes present for the final vote

    Delara Burkhardt, Andor Deli, Leopoldo López Gil, Kostas Papadakis, Anne-Sophie Pelletier, Rob Rooken, Domènec Ruiz Devesa, Hilde Vautmans, Petar Vitanov

    Date tabled

    11.12.2020

     


    FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

    54

    +

    EPP

    Magdalena Adamowicz, Vladimír Bilčík, Vasile Blaga, Ioan-Rareş Bogdan, Andor Deli, Lena Düpont, Andrzej Halicki, Lívia Járóka, Jeroen Lenaers, Leopoldo López Gil, Nuno Melo, Roberta Metsola, Nadine Morano, Emil Radev, Paulo Rangel, Ralf Seekatz, Tomas Tobé, Javier Zarzalejos

    S&D

    Katarina Barley, Pietro Bartolo, Delara Burkhardt, Maria Grapini, Sylvie Guillaume, Evin Incir, Marina Kaljurand, Łukasz Kohut, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Javier Moreno Sánchez, Domènec Ruiz Devesa, Birgit Sippel, Petar Vitanov, Bettina Vollath

    RENEW

    Malik Azmani, Anna Júlia Donáth, Sophia In 'T Veld, Fabienne Keller, Moritz Körner, Maite Pagazaurtundúa, Michal Šimečka, Ramona Strugariu, Hilde Vautmans

    GREENS/EFA

    Patrick Breyer, Saskia Bricmont, Damien Carême, Alice Kuhnke, Tineke Strik

    ECR

    Jorge Buxadé Villalba, Assita Kanko

    EUL/NGL

    Konstantinos Arvanitis, Pernando Barrena Arza, Cornelia Ernst, Anne-Sophie Pelletier

    NI

    Martin Sonneborn, Milan Uhrík

     

    3

    -

    ECR

    Patryk Jaki, Rob Rooken

    NI

    Kostas Papadakis

     

    7

    0

    ID

    Nicolas Bay, Nicolaus Fest, Jean-Paul Garraud, Peter Kofod, Annalisa Tardino, Tom Vandendriessche

    ECR

    Nicola Procaccini

     

    Key to symbols:

    + : in favour

    - : against

    0 : abstention

     

     

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