One of the key deliverables of the EIO-LAPD project were Guidelines aiming at practitioners. The consortium is proud to announce that they are now published and available on our website.

Guidelines are available in six languages:

The guidelines brochure is divided into eleven chapters:

  • Scope of application of the European Investigation Order Directive
  • Content and form of the European Investigation Order form (Article 5)
  • Language and translation in the European Investigation Order in criminal matters
  • Issuing and transmitting a European Investigation Order
  • Recognition and execution of a European Investigation Order
  • Proportionality test (Article 6, paragraph 1 of EIO Directive)
  • Use of another type of investigative measure (Article 10)
  • Grounds for non-recognition or non-execution (Article 11)
  • EIO deadlines (Article 12, Annex B) Acknowledgement of receipt (Article 16 (1), Annex B)
  • and urgent cases
  • Specific investigative measures (Articles 22-31)
  • Principle of speciality

Each chapter contains an introduction of the topic, as well as an overview of key issues which were identified during the EIO-LAPD project. Best practices identified during our talks with practitioners in 6 Member States (Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Croatia and Portugal) are also introduced.

The EIO-LAPD team sincerely hopes that these guidelines will come in handy and help new as well as seasoned practitioners navigate the rocky waters of cross-border gathering of evidence.

At the same time, we would like to remind the practitioners of the existing guidelines which might be of some help in their endeavours: