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4 Eur. Crim. L. Rev. 1 (2014)

handle is hein.journals/euclr4 and id is 1 raw text is: European Criminal                                                         EuCLR
Law Review                                                                No. 1 2014
Volume 4
Pages 1-88
Editorial
In December 2009, the European Criminal Policy Initiative published a Manifesto on European Criminal
Policy. The Manifesto focused on principles for criminalisation on a European level: When is it justified to
take measures under Article 83 for the purpose of harmonising substantive criminal law provisions of the
Member States by introducing minimum levels as regards offences and sanctions?
At the end of 2013, the sequel (to use a term from the world of film) appeared: A Manifesto on European
Criminal Procedure Law. This time the manifesto focused upon the principles for criminal law cooperation
between the Member States, including cooperation based on the principle of Mutual Recognition.
The Manifesto was first presented on the 12th November, 2013 at a conference hosted by the Bavarian
representation in Brussels. The conference included a presentation of the Manifesto as well as two panels
discussing both the general development of European Criminal Law cooperation in general and the
Manifesto in particular. The commissioner, vice president of the European Commission, Viviane Reding,
honoured the conference with her
presence and gave a speech entitled Believing in people: Balancing the scales in European Criminal Law (the speech
is available a http: europaeu rpid press-release  I ISPE   1- -14 enb.htm)
The Manifesto is built aound six demands: (I) the limitation of mutual recognition (which is an umbrella for
several different demands as regards mutual recognition), (2) balance of the European criminal proceedings,
(3) respect for the principle of legality and judicial principles in European criminal proceedings, (4) preserva-
tion of coherence, (5) observance of the principle of subsidiarity and (6) compensation of deficits in the
European criminal proceedings.
This is not the place to go into details as regards the Manifesto (it is available on-line at www.zis-online.com/
dat/artikel/2013 II 777.pdf where one can find not only the demands, but also quite extensive explanatory
note regarding the demands). We sincerely hope, however, that the Manifesto will contribute to an
intensified debate and-ultimately-to a more sustainable and balanced approach in the development of the
future criminal law cooperation within the union. We hope to see further debate and discussion, as well as
results, in 2014, both in thisjournal and elsewhere!
The Editors

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