Project-based Exchanges

Make use of your own initiative and create yourself a training that suits your needs!

EJTN Project-based exchanges are an opportunity to identify a host partner and to prepare an exchange project before applying. They give judges, prosecutors, court/prosecution staff and trainers the highest possible level of freedom to create their project according to their needs.

Project-based exchanges are group or individual exchanges that can be organised in all EU Member States except Denmark. They can be organised with a court, a prosecution office, a judicial training institution or with a peer in another country. It is your choice! Take the intitiative!

Learn more about the different types of project-based exchanges below.

  • Bilateral exchanges

    • Focused on a topic of common interest
    • 5 working days
    • 5 participants
    • Free choice of country*
    • Judges, Prosecutors, Court staff
  • Regional exchanges

    • Cross-border exchanges between member states
    • 3 to 5 working days
    • max. 2 participants
    • 150 km from a border
    • Judges, Prosecutors, Court staff
  • EJTN-CEPOL exchanges

    • Cooperation with law-enforcement
    • 5 working days
    • Individual
    • Free choice of country*
    • Prosecutors, investigative judges involved in cross-border cases
  • Judiciary learning grant programme

    • Tailor-made learning opportunities
    • up to 5 working days
    • Individual
    • Free choice of country
    • Judges, Prosecutors, Court/Prosecution Staff, Trainers

Bilateral exchanges

Bilateral exchanges are among the EJTN activities that provide the highest level of freedom to create, design, and plan an exchange, its content, and its agenda.
As a project-based exchange, a court or prosecution office in one member state would apply for an exchange with a court of prosecution office in another member state*. The partner institutions would create their individual agenda based on a common topic or case of interest.

A bilateral exchange can be conducted in any EU member state except Denmark. Contact your partner court/prosecution office to create an agenda! You are entirely free to define your common topics of interest and to create an agenda that suits your needs.

Maybe you already have a case with a court in another country? Even better! This is the perfect match for a bilateral exchange.
The application process for bilateral exchanges opens every year in October.

*all EU member states except Denmark

Regional exchanges

The Regional exchanges are designed to develop direct cooperation and trust between practitioners located on two sides of a border. This new type of exchanges aims at:

  • Fostering mutual trust and cooperation at local level and establishing a long-term cooperation between practitioners.
  • Identifying and solving practical problems arising from cross-border cases.
  • Creating conditions for direct cross-border cooperation

 

Each project must meet the following criteria:

  • The visiting and hosting court or prosecution office must be located to a maximal distance of 150 km further away from the domestic border (so a maximum distance of 300km between the two courts or prosecution offices).
  • The applicants must work on cases involving a cross-border dimension or have a part of their daily work in the cross-border cooperation with the closest neighbouring country.

 

It is up to each applicant to find an eligible hosting institution meeting the above criteria. Reciprocity between the visiting and hosting court is a possibility but not mandatory. In this case, each applicant must submit a complete application to their national training institution.

 

The application period for the 2023 cycle will open mid-January 2023. The application to the regional exchanges is based on a project to be submitted by the visiting applicant. This project must include a hosting agreement signed by the hosting court or prosecution office and a detailed motivation, including the cross-border dimension to be tackled during the exchange.

EJTN-CEPOL exchanges

The EJTN-CEPOL joint Exchange Programme is a hands-on training programme enabling the EU judiciary and law enforcement to exchange about each other’s practices on the field.

Law enforcement officials and judiciary professionals have the opportunity to visit each other in their respective workplaces – law enforcement institutions and courts and prosecution offices of the EU MS to share and compare experiences, working methods and investigation techniques in the areas of Economic / Financial crime, Cybercrime, Drug Trafficking, Trafficking in Human Beings, Environmental Crime, Corruption and Joint Investigation Teams.

Judiciary learning grant programme

The Judiciary learning grant programme allows EU Member State judges, prosecutors, court/prosecution staff and judicial trainers the autonomy to self-identify and create individualised learning opportunities. EJTN supports the accepted proposals by providing recipients with funds for their travel and daily expenses.

For further information, please consult the Overview of the programme.

The application period for the 2023 cycle will open mid-January 2023. Each application must include the grant proposalsending agreement and hosting agreement. The submitted proposals are assessed based on a scoring rubric.