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Secret service surveillance of lawyers in the EU 

Reports alleging unlawful tapping by some member states' secret services of phone calls between lawyers and their clients will be raised by MEPs in a debate with Council and Commission on Tuesday afternoon.

MEPs want to know whether "structural" surveillance allegedly carried out by some member states is in accordance with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and EU law on the right to access to a lawyer and the confidentiality of exchanges between suspects or accused persons and their lawyers.

In a March 2014 resolution on mass surveillance of EU citizens, Parliament noted that "any uncertainty about the confidentiality of communications between lawyers and their clients" could compromise citizens' right to a fair trial.


Procedure: Council and Commission statements

Debate: Tuesday, 13 January