Criminal detention in the EU – Conditions and monitoring


The project will develop an online one-stop-shop for judges and other practitioners when transferring individuals using the European Arrest Warrant to assess the compatibility of criminal detention conditions with fundamental rights.


Following the Agency’s 2016 study relating to the Framework Decisions on mutual recognition, the European Commission requested the Agency to look at conditions of detention. It is looking for suggestions on how the findings of existing monitoring mechanisms and promising practices could be made best use of in the EU. Currently there is no database that collates all of this information in one place.


This project will use desk research across all Member States. Data will be collected on the national standards of detention in each Member State. This will be added to an online database available via the FRA website.

The online tool will consist of (1) a comparative table comparing the basic conditions of detention in all Member States against international standards set by various bodies; (2) a practitioners guide (in the form of a checklist or flow chart) to assist judges with the execute European Arrest Warrant in line with jurisprudence from the EU’s Court of Justice; and (3) a database of relevant jurisprudence and reports by relevant bodies.