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June 2013

Suspects or accused persons will be entitled to access to a lawyer before the start of any questioning by the police and throughout criminal proceedings wherever they are in the EU, under a deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on 28 May and endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday.

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The Open Society Justice Initiative has welcomed an agreement between the European Parliament and European Council on a new EU directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings.

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