Making cross-border crime investigations easier 

Judicial authorities asking colleagues in another EU country to help them investigate crimes there, e.g. by searching houses or interviewing witnesses, should get a faster and more favourable response, under the new European Investigation Order (EIO) rules to be voted by Parliament on Thursday.

The EIO rules aim to make it easier for judicial authorities to request investigations to obtain evidence in another EU country. For example, French judicial authorities tracking criminals holed up in Germany could ask their German counterparts to carry out a house search or to interview witnesses there. This is already possible, but investigators have to rely on a patchwork of rules, which in many cases lead to unjustified delays and additional burdens.

Debate: Wednesday, 26 February

Vote: Thursday, 27 February

Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), first reading agreement

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