The institutionalization of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office will be a major topic in Sofia at the upcoming informal Council on Justice and Home Affairs, stated today Minister of Justice Tsetska Tsacheva during a working lunch with European Commission Vice-President, Frans Timmermans.

The progress of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office to be launched as soon as possible, as well as the establishment of relations with partner institutions and services, with non-participating Member States and with third countries, is a priority for the Bulgarian Presidency, further said Minister Tsacheva.

She also focused on the development of e-Justice. According to her words, the objective of the Bulgarian Presidency in this area is to facilitate the cooperation between the competent authorities of the Member States and to increase the efficiency of the court proceedings. “This will not only guarantee a higher level of security for citizens but also improve their access to justice. We are glad that during the informal Council at the end of this week, the member of EC Věra Jourová will also present the Commission’s proposal on the electronic evidence.”

Minister Tsacheva added that for the Bulgarian Presidency in the Justice sector is crucial to ensure effective, prompt and fair justice in civil and criminal cases based on the mutual trust in the legal systems of the Member States.

“Bulgaria looks forward to the new EC proposals in the civil and criminal field as well as the legislative package in the field of company law. Within the framework of the Presidency, we will commit to intensive negotiations and solutions defending the interests of European citizens”.Tsetska Tsacheva – Minister of Justice

According to her words, overcoming the existing differences in the legislative frameworks of the Member States on the different themes, ensuring the operational needs of the investigating and judicial authorities, taking into account the existing practice of the Court of Justice of the European Union, will undoubtedly challenge the Bulgarian Presidency.

Mr. Frans Timermans and Mrs. Tsetska Tsacheva have agreed that there is a need for maximum convergence of Member States’ positions on the Brussels IIa Regulation on the the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and in matters of parental responsibility and on the international abduction of children by one of the parents.

Finally, Mr. Timmermans and Mrs. Tsetska Tsacheva united their firm position on the need of implementation of the Istanbul Convention, and the Commissioner stated that he would do the necessary to support the efforts of the Bulgarian government to ratify the Convention.

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