European Law (2016/2017) Seminar 3

Seminar 3 of the Course European Law (2016/2017), Utrecht University

Week 3

The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice


Question 1

  1. Which policy areas does the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice encompass?


Answer to question 1a:

The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice is regulated by Article 3(2) TEU: ‘The Union shall offer its citizens an area of freedom, security and justice without internal frontiers, in which the free movement of persons is ensured in conjunction with appropriate measures with respect to external border controls, asylum, immigration and the prevention and combating of crime.’ 

According to this Article, the policy areas are border controls, immigration, asylum and the prevention and combating of crime.  


  1. The Tampere European Council (1999) endorsed the principle of the mutual recognition of judicial decisions as the foundation of judicial cooperation in both civil and criminal matters. What does this principle entail?


Answer to question 1b:

The principle of the mutual recognition means that Member States have trust in one another and they recognize the judicial decisions of the other Member States, without checking the procedure that was followed. Member States should have the mutual trust that the procedure in the other Member State was right and the rights were guaranteed. This principle entails that the Member States work together and they trust each other. That’s why they recognize each other’s decisions.

There’s a distinction between criminal matters and civil matters.


Question 2

Mr. Ludy, a French citizen, has been living in Denmark since 2007. In 2011 he attends a seminar in Stockholm on “War and Social Media”. Mr. Ludy is one of the keynote speakers of the seminar. Mr. Ludy had arranged in advance that he could stay in the apartment of one of the organizers of the seminar, Miss Anna. That night Mr. Ludy and Miss Anna, reportedly had sex. The day after Mr. Ludy returns to Denmark. A few months later a Swedish Court sentenced Mr. Ludy in absentia to 10 years’ imprisonment for rape. No summon was served because the Swedish authorities were not aware of Mr. Ludy’s whereabouts. The Prosecutor’s Office of Stockholm issued an European Arrest Warrant is against Mr. Ludy for the execution of the sentence. Mr. Ludy gives himself up to the Copenhagen Police and is taken into a surrender hearing at the... Interested? Read the instructions below in order to read the full content of this page.

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