The Swedish Presidency of the EU is keen to introduce the right to translation for suspects throughout the EU in a deal that could be reached as early as next week. In July, The European Commission presented a proposal to give suspects the right to translation and interpretation during criminal proceedings. At the same time, Sweden published a plan for how this and a number of other rights for suspects would be introduced on a step-by-step basis.
The most controversial aspects of the plans among most European countries, is the right to a lawyer and the right to be informed of one’s rights at the time of arrest and questioning. The proposals to expand rights for suspects are being supported by Fair Trials International.