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Request for a preliminary ruling from the Juzgado de Instrucción de Badalona (Spain) lodged on 22 October 2018 — Criminal proceedings against VW

(Case C-659/18)

Language of the case: Spanish

Referring court

Juzgado de Instrucción de Badalona

Party to the main proceedings


Question referred

Must Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and, in particular, Article 3(2) of Directive 2013/48/EU 1 be interpreted as meaning that the right of access to a lawyer may justifiably be delayed where the suspect or accused fails to appear when first summoned by the court and a national, European or international arrest warrant is issued, and that the assistance of a lawyer and the entering of an appearance by the lawyer in the proceedings may be delayed until the warrant is executed and the suspect is brought to court by the police?


1     Directive 2013/48/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and in European arrest warrant proceedings, and on the right to have a third party informed upon deprivation of liberty and to communicate with third persons and with consular authorities while deprived of liberty (OJ 2013 L 294 p. 1).