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EU: Transfer of Penalties

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What action is being taken to improve co-operation within the European Union to enable authorities to enforce criminal and civil penalties and charges both for lorries and private cars. [HL7134]

The European Union Financial Penalties Framework Decision, adopted on 24 February 2005, will allow a fine or other financial penalty arising from criminal proceedings in one member state to be transferred to another member state for enforcement. Primary legislation will be required to implement the framework decision. When the framework decision comes into force in member states in March 2007, cases received from other member states will be directed to local courts here for enforcement under the existing fines enforcement regime. We understand that the European Commission is considering making proposals for a directive aimed at fostering international co-operation to enforce criminal penalties and civil charges for vehicles. However, a proposed text has yet to be published.