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<TitreType>REPORT</TitreType>     <RefProcLect>***I</RefProcLect>

<Titre>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</Titre>

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


<Commission>{LIBE}Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs</Commission>

Rapporteur: <Depute>Birgit Sippel</Depute>

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

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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