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Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation Rec(2005)10 on “special investigation techniques” in relation to serious crimes including acts of terrorism


Recommendation adopted by the Committee of Ministers at its 924th meeting.


The Committee of Ministers recommends that governments of member states be guided, when formulating their internal legislation and reviewing their criminal policy and practice, and when using special investigation techniques, by the principles and measures appended to this Recommendation; and ensure that all the necessary publicity for these principles and measures is distributed to competent authorities involved in the use of special investigation techniques. 

The Recommendation addresses the following points: 

  1. Definitions and scope of the recommendation. 
  2. Use of special investigation techniques at national level, which includes general principles, condition of use, operational guidelines, training and coordination. 
  3. International cooperation.