CCBE President Maria Ślązak meets European Commissioner for Justice Vĕra Jourová
The meeting held on 23 March in Brussels was an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to the legal profession with the new Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, after the appointment of the new college of Commissioners in the fall of 2014.
This meeting follows the participation of the Commissioner to European Lawyers Day 2014 by video (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alOG89U8-yk).
Maria Ślązak was accompanied by Third Vice-president Antonín Mokrý, Secretary-General Philip Buisseret and Director External Liaison Hugo Roebroeck. The participants addressed a number of key topics: European initiatives in criminal law, the proposed European Public Prosecutor’s Office, the future of e-Justice, and the training of lawyers.
After Ms. Ślązak shared the concerns of lawyers over mass surveillance combing through the communications between lawyers and their clients, Ms. Jourová asked to receive reports on cases of surveillance of lawyers, notably recently reported cases in the United Kingdom and in the Netherlands.
Initiatives in support of gender equality were also discussed, as well as the European Union’s neighborhood policy and the state of the rule of law in Ukraine. With justice and fundamental rights now split between Ms. Jourová and Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, it is more important than ever to make the voice of the legal profession heard on the defence of human rights.
The parties agreed to stay in contact and keep working closely together.