Luxembourg’s Minister of Justice, Elisabeth Margue; Credit: European Union

On Monday 4 December 2023, Luxembourg’s Minister of Justice, Elisabeth Margue, participated in the meeting of the “Justice and Home Affairs” Council of the European Union in Brussels, under the Spanish presidency.

The Council adopted a general approach to new European legislation relating to the transfer of criminal proceedings between Member States. The proposed regulation aims to avoid parallel criminal proceedings and thus contribute to the efficiency and good administration of justice.

Ministers subsequently debated the directive on victims' rights. This directive aims to establish minimum rules to protect victims of crimes, including providing psychological support, ensuring improved access to case-related information and facilitating effective restitution.

The Council took stock of actions taken by the EU and Member States to ensure that those responsible for the war against Ukraine are held accountable, according to Luxembourg’s Ministry of Justice.

Ministers held an exchange of views on the functioning of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) and its relations with the national authorities of the 22 participating Member States. The European Public Prosecutor's Office is an independent body responsible for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to justice the perpetrators of offences affecting the financial interests of the Union. Based in Luxembourg, it commenced its operations on 1 June 2021.

The presidency also took stock of the EU's accession to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

On the sidelines of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, Minister Elisabeth Margue met her German counterpart, Marco Buschmann, and Paul Van Tigchelt, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of Belgium, as well as the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders.