The CCBE held its Standing Committee meeting in Vienna, Austria on 27 February 2014
The CCBE held its Standing Committee meeting in Vienna, Austria on 27 February, which coincided with the Conference of European Bar Presidents that was held on the following day. At the CCBE Standing Committee, the guest speaker, Dr. Konstantin Köck of Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, discussed the situation for young lawyers in Austria and noted that the decisive factor for success “will be whether lawyers can learn to think and act more along entrepreneurial lines”.
During this meeting, the CCBE approved a statement on the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements noting, “From the very beginning, the CCBE welcomed the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and still recognises the need in transnational transactions for enforceable choice of court agreements and the judgments resulting from these. The CCBE is convinced that this Convention will promote international trade and thus will enhance, by virtue of its uniform rules, the judicial cooperation and, even more, the enforcement of foreign judgments”.
Significant registrations have been received for the 28 April CCBE Conference on the EU Courts – Looking Forward. The event, aimed at Member States’ representatives, the European institutions, practitioners and academics, is now at capacity.
At the European (Bar) Presidents’ Conference on 28 February, CCBE Chair of the Criminal Law Committee James MacGuill (in photo below) spoke on the issue of mass surveillance and remarked that “the criteria used by governments for mass surveillance are a charter for the violation of privacy and personal data".
The next Standing Committee meeting of the CCBE will be held in Brussels on 4 April 2014. The CCBE will host a Press Day for journalists in Brussels on 3 April 2014 in conjunction with the Standing Committee.
The Bar Association of Serbia changes its CCBE membership status
On 17 December 2013, the Council of the European Union adopted the negotiating framework with Serbia. The accession negotiations with Serbia formally start on Tuesday, 21 January 2014, during the First Intergovernmental Conference with Serbia.
In accordance with the CCBE Statutes, and following the approval by the November Plenary Session of the Serbian Bar’s application to obtain associate membership status as of and when the EU opens accession negotiations with Serbia, the Bar Association of Serbia therefore becomes an associate member of the CCBE from 21 January 2014.
The CCBE congratulates the Bar Association of Serbia on its new membership status.