Process for obtaining evidence within the EU to be improved

Published: 8 November 2017 at 16.00

In order to strengthen crime-fighting efforts among EU member states, the process for obtaining evidence from countries is to be improved. The legislative proposal means that a Swedish court or prosecutor will be able to issue a European Investigation Order.

This is to be recognised and enforced in another member state if evidence in that country is needed to investigate a crime in Sweden.

This legislative proposal entails the transfer of an administrative task involving the exercise of public authority against individuals to another state, thus requiring the decision to have a qualified majority in the Riksdag.

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal. The new Act will come into force on 1 December 2017.