Bärbel Heinkelmann is a lawyer. She began her professional career as an assistant at Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich, before joining the Public Prosecutors Office in Munich in 1997. In 2001, she started working for the services of the European Commission, firstly at the European Anti-Fraud Office OLAF and, since 2012, in Directorate General Justice. Currently, her main field of activity is in the area of procedural safeguards for suspects and accused persons. More concretely I am the responsible officer for the Directives on the right of access to a lawyer (Directive 2013/48/EU) and the Legal Aid Directive (Directive (EU) 2016/1919) for both of which she participated in the negotiation process.