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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.


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.