Vera Jourova, the European Commissioner-designate for justice, consumers and gender equality, passed a confirmation hearing at the European Parliament last week.

She told MEPs she wants to ensure the EU’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights takes place ‘as quickly as possible’ and to create ‘a strong, independent and efficient’ European Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Stressing the need to ‘build trust across judicial systems in the EU’, she said: ‘Where necessary we need further co-ordination or minimum standards throughout the European Union, both in civil and criminal law.’