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Civil Liberties MEPs back deal on minimum EU standards to guarantee fair trials for children

MEPs in committee meeting
MEPs in committee meeting

MEPs on the Committee on Civil Liberties endorsed on Thursday the agreement reached by the Parliament and the Council last December to set in the EU a minimum set of standards to guarantee the right of children to a fair trial.

The aim of the directive is to make legal protection of children who are suspected or accused of a crime more consistent within the EU, providing a structured “catalogue of rights” that meet their specific needs. Among the priorities is ensuring that children are able to understand and follow the proceedings, preventing re-offending and fostering their social integration.

The text was passed with 48 votes in favour, 1 against and 3 abstentions. The agreement still needs to be approved by the plenary. Once formally adopted by both Parliament and Council, Member States will have 3 years from the date of its publication in the EU Official Journal to transpose it to national law.

Read more about the details of the agreement here.

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Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Profile of rapporteur Caterina Chinnici (S&D, IT)
Procedure file
Data on children in judicial proceedings in EU28
Country-specific reports for each EU member state