EU Justice Ministers discussed measures taken to curb pandemic

Photo: Croatian Presidency of the Council Dražen Bošnjaković

At the initiative of the Croatian Justice Minister Dražen Bošnjaković, on Monday was held a video conference of the Ministers of Justice of the EU Member States. EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, also took part.

Today's debate shows that Member States are taking various measures to try to adapt their national judicial systems to the new situation, including by changing the modalities of communication between courts, prosecutors and notaries, Minister Bošnjaković stressed. He pointed out that some Member States have adapted their work on judicial cooperation proceedings, suspended time-limits in court proceedings, including on enforcement, bankruptcy proceedings, and the calculation of statutory interest rates.

We also exchanged information regarding the execution of prison sentences, with reference to the current situation in penitentiary and pre-trial detention in relation to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, he said adding that all Member States are facing the same challenges. “I am sure that the results of today's debate will help us deal with this crisis and the consequences it has for the area of justice at European level as well as in the Member States.“

Talking during the videoconference, Commissioner Reynders outlined activities, aimed at reducing the negative effects of the pandemic on citizens, that the Commission is implementing in the ​​justice domain. An initiative was also presented to establish a Crisis Group on the European Arrest Warrant whose task would be to address the practical problems caused by the pandemic in the implementation of this instrument.

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