The Conception of Implementation of Vision for European Forensic Science 2020 in Lithuania
The Council of European Union (EU Council) has
stressed on several occasions the need for a concerted,
comprehensive and effective solution to delinquency problems in EU
communities. In the context of establishing a European Forensic
Science Area and the development of forensic science infrastructure
in Europe, EU Council believes that forensic science can significantly
contribute to the efficiency of law enforcement, crime prevention and
combating crimes. Lithuanian scientists have consolidated to
implement a project named “Conception of the vision for European
Forensic Science 2020 implementation in Lithuania” (the project is
funded for the period of 1 March 2014 - 31 December 2016) with the
objective to create a conception of implementation of the vision for
European Forensic Science 2020 in Lithuania by 1) evaluating the
current status of Lithuania’s forensic system and opportunities for its
improvement; 2) analysing achievements and knowledge in
investigation of crimes listed in conclusions of EU Council on the
vision for European Forensic Science 2020 including creation of a
European Forensic Science Area and the development of forensic
science infrastructure in Europe: trafficking in human beings,
organised crime and terrorism; 3) analysing conceptions of
criminalistics, which differ in different EU member states due to the
variety of forensic schools, and finding means for their
harmonization. Apart from the conception of implementation of the
vision for European Forensic Science 2020 in Lithuania, the Project
is expected to suggest provisions that will be relevant to other EU
countries as well. Consequently, the presented conception of
implementation of vision for European Forensic Science 2020 in
Lithuania could initiate a project for a common vision of European
Forensic Science and contribute to the development of the EU as an
area of freedom, security and justice. The article presents main ideas
of the project of the conception of the vision for European Forensic
Science 2020 of EU Council and analyses its legal background, as
well as prospects of and challenges for its implementation in
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