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3 February 2023

European Commission, EJTN and key judicial training actors meet to discuss judicial training needs for 2024

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Almost 90 representatives from the European Commission, the EJTN Secretariat and Members, Lot 4 Partners and other key stakeholders met in Brussels last week for their yearly hybrid meeting to discuss the legal training needs of European judges, prosecutors and court staff.

Attendees were divided into four workshops based on different law areas (Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law and Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms) and three workshops covering transversal topics from the Linguistics, Exchange Programmes and Judicial Training Methods portfolio. The results of these workshops will be used by EJTN when drafting its Training Program for 2024.

The training needs assessment (TNA) is the first and most important part of the training cycle, which includes the development of training objectives, the design and implementation of the training, and its evaluation.

Next steps in the process

EJTN’s four Programmes’ Sub-Working Groups (i.e. Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law, and Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms) and the Linguistics-, Exchange Programmes-, and Training Methods Working Groups will consider the results of the workshop in their respective spring plenary meetings.

Another essential input for this process will come from a consultation of EJTN members and feedback from European judges and prosecutors themselves. These elements will also be taken into consideration in the development of EJTN’s Training Program for 2024.

Valuable input and feedback from partners

EJTN is thankful to the following partners for participating in the meeting and providing insightful suggestions and ideas for its upcoming 2024 Training Programme.

European Commission’s Departments

  • EC’s Directorate-general for Competition (COMP)
  • EC’s Directorate-general for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EMPL)
  • EC’s Directorate-general for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR)
  • EC’s Directorate-general for Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
  • EC’s Directorate-general for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW)
  • EC’s Directorate-general for International Partnerships (INTPA)
  • EC’s Directorate-general for Justice and Consumers (JUST)
  • EC’s Directorate-general for Migration and Home Affairs (HOME)
  • EC’s Directorate-general for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA)

 LOT 4 Partners

  • Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ)
  • EU Forum of Judges for the Environment (EUFJE)
  • Europe Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the EU (ACA-Europe)
  • European Association of Judges for Mediation (GEMME)
  • European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters (EJN-Civil)
  • European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ)
  • Network of Public Prosecutors or equivalent institutions at the Supreme Judicial Courts of the Member States of the EU (NADAL)
  • Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the EU (NPSJC)

Other Partners

  • EU Agency for Asylum (EUAA)
  • EU Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust)
  • EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
  • EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)
  • European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)
  • European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO)
  • International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges (IARMJ)
  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)