After the successful implementation of the CrossJustice project in 2022, APIS Europe continues its cooperation with the University of Bologna and five other European academic institutions within the framework of the FACILEX project, which is being implemented again with the financial support of the European Commission. The results of the CrossJustice project related to the criminal procedural rights of persons suspected or accused of crime will be used as a basis for the new FACILEX project.
The aim of FACILEX is to give an additional perspective by exploring how mutual recognition mechanisms (European Arrest Warrant, European Investigation Order, Regulation 2018/1805 on the mutual recognition of freezing orders and confiscation orders) are implemented in nine member states (Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Netherlands).
The achievements of the two projects will be integrated into a unified platform providing legal practitioners with a personalized legal assessment on EU judicial cooperation instruments and gaps in national criminal law.
In January 2023, a kick-off meeting of FACILEX project partners was held in Bologna, where upcoming activities under the different work packages were discussed.
APIS is responsible for the implementation of Work Package 5 "Development of FACILEX Functions on the CrossJustice Platform". For this purpose, APIS has started the adaptation of the tools through which the experts from the nine countries should enter information about their national legislation, case law and level of compliance with the EU legislation in the given subject area.
More about FACILEX can be found on the project website: https://site.unibo.it/facilex/en.