This chapter will explore the options and limitations for the development of European criminal law now that the Treaty of Lisbon has come into force. Although this policy area (as ‘police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters’) has already been increasingly developed under the Treaty of Amsterdam and the Tampere and Hague Programmes, the possibilities for a more far-reaching development have grown exponentially under the new system of division of competences granted under the Treaty of Lisbon, in combination with the goals set in the Stockholm Programme as a beginning of development.

First, the fact that this policy area has been brought under the ordinary legislation procedure will mean that decision-making in the Council will be easier while the watchful role of European Parliament has increased as well.

Second, the contents have been amended and now give room for developments such as the establishment of minimum rules, the creation of the European Public Prosecutor or the (limited) possibility to harmonize some definitions of criminal offenses.

dx.doi.org/10.4337/9780857932563.00032, hdl.handle.net/1765/82442
Erasmus School of Law

Goudappel, F.A.N.J. (2012). Options for the development of European criminal law under the Treaty of Lisbon. In The Treaty of Lisbon and the Future of European Law and Policy. doi:10.4337/9780857932563.00032


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