andreiaghimis has written 9 posts for European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

The key elements of a European Arrest Warrant Framework Decision reform

Natalia Gorczowska, Andrew Symeou, Robert Hörchner are just three of the names often invoked to demonstrate what appear to be the lacunae of the European Arrest Warrant Framework Decision (EAWFD). A long-standing advocate for the reform and improvement of the EAWFD, MEP Sarah Ludford (ALDE, UK) has been appointed Rapporteur for a report on the review of the EAW. In … Continue reading

Le champ d’application de la Charte des droits fondamentaux de l’Union européenne (CDFUE)

Un aspect toujours incertain de la CDFUE est son champ d’application. Conformément à l’article 51 de la Charte, ses dispositions s’adressent aux institutions, organes et organismes de l’Union dans le respect du principe de subsidiarité, ainsi qu’aux États membres uniquement lorsqu’ils mettent en œuvre le droit de l’Union. Bien qu’inclus dans la Charte pour une … Continue reading

Strengthening victims’ rights in the EU

The issue of protecting victims in criminal proceedings has become a legislative priority at EU level in part due to the enhanced importance in the European debate of issues concerning the fundamental rights of accused and suspected persons, in particular the right to fair trial. The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty created explicit EU competence to legislate on the rights … Continue reading

La Charte des droits fondamentaux de l’Union européenne et son impact sur les litiges entre particuliers

L’effet horizontal des dispositions de la Charte des droits fondamentaux de l’Union européenne (CDFUE) est une question épineuse à laquelle les juges de la Cour de Justice de l’Union européenne n’ont pas encore eu l’occasion de répondre. Cependant, l’affaire Association de médiation sociale (C-176/12), actuellement devant la Cour, semble présenter cette problématique. Qu’est-ce qu’est l’effet … Continue reading

The European arrest warrant: a success story that needs to be revisited

Hurriedly adopted inter alia as a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the European Arrest Warrant Framework Decision (EAWFD) is the flagship initiative of the EU judicial cooperation in criminal matters. Its cornerstone is the principle of mutual recognition. Applied to judicial decisions, the mutual recognition principle implies that a decision taken by a judicial … Continue reading

Article 7 TEU: a mechanism to protect EU values

Incorporated into EU law by the Treaty of Amsterdam, Article 7 TEU is considered to have been both a gesture prompted by the future wave of EU enlargement and an attempt to tackle the discrepancy between the democratic model promoted by the EU in its external relations and its modest capacity to intervene whenever democratic values are … Continue reading

The European Arrest Warrant: between mutual recognition and fundamental rights

The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is an exclusively judicial cooperation instrument replacing the traditional extradition system, which was criticised for the slowness entailed by its political and administrative phases. Based on the principle of mutual recognition, the EAW has accelerated surrender procedures and reinforced the free movement of citizens within the EU. According to this … Continue reading

The 2014 EP elections: will the “lost” generation find its way to the polls?

The highly negative youth voter turnout in EP elections and the reluctance people aged 18 to 24 have shown in participating in political life and exercising their right to vote is very alarming. The 2009 elections are particularly relevant regarding this constantly decreasing (33% in 2004 and 29% in 2009) youth participation trend. “The time … Continue reading

Combating the impunity of environmental crimes: which way to go?

Environmental disasters occur with alarming regularity and are still mainly dealt with (if at all) at domestic level. Still very low on the priorities list, environmental crimes enjoying high impunity need to be tackled as a matter of urgency. Focusing on possible ways of creating an effective system of monitoring and sanctioning such behaviours, the … Continue reading

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